In Around West Virginia: medical marijuana, the refugee and immigration ban, and more.
n The Register-Herald reported on the benefits of medical marijuana. A 2014 study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower annual opiate overdose rate. Delegate Mick Bates, D- Raleigh, sponsored a medical marijuana bill last year.
“Clearly, how we’ve been treating many of these conditions, pain in particular, has not been effective,” he said. “West Virginia is killing its future, and I think this could be part of the solution.”
n Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., spoke to MetroNews about the president’s executive order suspending immigration from seven majority Muslim countries, halting the country’s refugee program, and indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from entering the country. Mooney told MetroNews the country “still welcome(s) immigrants who want to come here legally” and “a 90-day pause is gone in the blink of the eye.”
While parts of the executive order are temporary, it is not true that the country