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Anderson Valley Advertiser, 13 Jul 2016 – Researchers at the University of Georgia have published a study in the July issue of Health Affairs showing that Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program saves money in states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Authors Ashley Bradford and Dr. David Bradford – daughter and father, BTW – calculate that in 2013, patients using medical marijuana in 17 states enabled Medicare Part D to save US taxpayers $165.2 million that would have been spent on prescription drugs. As reported by the university’s media office, the Bradfords- . combed through data on all prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees from 2010 to 2013, a total of over 87 million physician-drug-year observations.