Some people insist that marijuana is a gateway to stronger drugs. And some law enforcement agencies still focus on marijuana. But then opiates are largely ignored. As cannabis legalization expands across the country, researchers continue to explore the potential of cannabinoid therapy, though. Certain recent studies indicate that cannabis may prove really helpful against a wide variety of addictions. Over 21 million Americans are currently affected by addiction. Addiction to alcohol, illicit drugs, & prescription drugs can cost the public approximately $740 billion dollars every year. Plus, the number of accidental deaths by overdose has more than tripled in the last fifteen years. Although many argue that replacing someone’s dependence on a single substance for another is not an effective treatment, addiction to marijuana is somewhat rare. This natural substance is far less addictive than cigarettes. And according to the DEA, nobody has ever died from a marijuana overdose! Cannabinoid therapy offers the potential of lowering certain rates of addiction. Cannabis has already reduced the number of overdose deaths. In 2014, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the states with offered legal cannabis had nearly 25% fewer opioid overdose-related deaths reported. Plus there was also a decline in the number of prescriptions filled to treat depression with: psychosis, anxiety, seizures, nausea, sleep disorders & spasticity. But, medical marijuana has already saved the Medicare program millions of dollars. Legalizing marijuana nationwide offers a potential savings of approximately $475 million! While the cost savings is a great benefit, the legalization of marijuana is saving lives, too. There is hope for millions of people suffering from addiction & for their families.