To say that marijuana has been given a bad rap over the past few decades is an understatement. If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have been encouraged to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is a “gateway” to harder drugs. The government has even tried to convince you that most people who use marijuana are losers who sit around on couches all day doing nothing.
Part of the problem is that many people are simply unfamiliar with marijuana. The truth is that marijuana is widely used in a manner quite similar to alcohol. Alcohol is more toxic, more addictive, more harmful to the body, more likely to result in injuries, and more likely to lead to interpersonal violence than marijuana.
Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone
People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose.
Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death.
The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use.
Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers,
Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not.
A growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm.
Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not.
Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers.
Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana.
Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not.
Many people who have consumed alcohol or know others who have consumed alcohol would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury.
Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Marijuana use does not
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So my thought is, if marijuana is illegal so should alcohol for that matter.
This is completely stupid because NOBODY should tell you what you can and cannot do. I do not drink but I do not see a problem with marijuana I personally have never heard of someone “High Driving” and crash and possibly kill themselves or someone else. And if they have they was probably drunk or on pills for that matter.
And YES I am all for the legalization of marijuana