Legal Cannabis Lowers Medicare Costs

I came across this article which I think has a lot of truth to it. Lots of recreational use cannabis stores popping up all over MA lately. All of their parking lots seem full - all day. If they are buying weed instead of prescription pills, that just may be a good thing…

I’m on the Board of a local Chamber of Commerce and got a behind the scenes tour of a cannabis growing / processing / retail operation a few weeks ago. They serve both medicinal (take a left) and recreational (take a right) clients. Quite the operation, and investors are expecting above market returns for their investment in this highly (state) regulated, but profitable industry.…

Cornell University researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in all 50 states from 2011 to 2019. They found a decline in the volume of prescriptions targeting pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures in states that have legalized recreational use.


  • not invested in the industry at this time.

I have suffered shingles from herpes zoster since I was 12 years old, which I mostly succerssfully ignored by learning toughness from grandma ("David, it is just pain and need not stop you!), mindfulness exercises, etc… But as I got older the attacks started to become physically exhausting, Shingrix gave me 4 months or so of respite but then the shingles surged back again.

The availability of legal marijuana in edibles of consistent strength has been a game changer for me. I now take very small “micro doses” of THC daily and have been free of shingles. For me that has been transformative.

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