Fewer Prescriptions in States with Medical Cannabis Laws (Health Affairs)

Health Affairs report echoes similar finding

Fee-for-service Medicaid patients filled fewer prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws than corresponding patients in other states between 2007-2014, according to a new report in Health Affairs.

“Our findings that actual prescription drug use in Medicaid varies in ways consistent with marijuana’s being a substitute product provides additional, albeit indirect, evidence of medical use, similar to recently published evidence of a response in Medicare prescribing,” the authors Ashley Bradford and W. David Bradford wrote.

Total fee-for-service Medicaid savings could have exceeded $1 billion if every state had a medical cannabis law in 2014.