Marijuana: safer than opioids?

Weed, pot, reefer, grass, Mary Jane, hash, herb – whatever you call it, marijuana historically has had a bad reputation as an illegal street drug. Marijuana elicits images of high school kids hiding in bathrooms, college parties filled with smoky air and the gateway drug to harder addictions.

But in the midst of an opioid epidemic in the Blue Water Area, some advocates argue that using marijuana to treat chronic pain is a safer, less addictive alternative to narcotics.

Tom Owens, a medical marijuana user and licensed caregiver, proposed to Brown City City Council in March to open a marijuana dispensary within the city limits. After consulting with the city attorney, the council decided to table the decision until more state rules are put in place. In the meantime, Owens will continue to cater to

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