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WIRE: Marijuana use associated with reduced mortality

South Bend, IN — Marijuana use is associated with reduced rates of obesitydiabetesopioid abuse, and other conditions that may lead to premature mortality, according to a scholarly review paper published by the biology department chair at the University of Indiana, South Bend.

According to the review, an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 premature deaths could be prevented annually if marijuana was legally regulated nationwide.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. An abstract of the paper, “Cannabis use is associated with a substantial reduction in premature deaths in the United States,” appears online.

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