Study links cannabis laws to fewer drug prescriptions
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Medicaid beneficiaries in the 29 US jurisdictions that allow the medical use of cannabis were less likely to fill prescriptions in 5 clinical areas compared with enrollees in states that have not approved the substance's use, a study published in Health Affairs finds.
Why this matters
The authors suggest that expanding "medical marijuana" laws could save money for the Medicaid system, estimating that if all states had had such a law in 2014, fee-for-service Medicaid could have saved $1 billion.
The authors analyzed State Drug Utilization Data, which covers all drugs reimbursed by each state's ...