Alcohol Versus Marijuana

14 Nov

Earlier this week, me and my friends got into a pretty heated debate over the legalization of marijuana. Not that I support the idea, but when alcohol was brought up in the conversation, I stood to legalize weed. Why?

  • Under the influence of marijuana, people tend to be more aware of their impaired psychomotor skills, and drive well below the speed limit. Those under the influence of alcohol are much more likely to be clueless or defiant about their condition, and to speed up and drive recklessly.
  • Hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur annually. There has never been a single recorded marijuana OD fatality.
  • According to the American Public Health Association, excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in this country.
  • There have been no documented cases of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, nor has pot been scientifically linked to any type of cancer. Alcohol abuse contributes to a multitude of long-term negative health consequences, notably cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of cancers.
  • While a small quantity, taken daily, is being touted for its salutary health effects,alcohol is one of the worst drugs one can take for pain management, marijuana one of the best.
  • Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately three million cases of reported violent crimes last year, the offender had been drinking. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and date rape. Marijuana use itself, is absent from both crime reports and the scientific literature.
  • Police officers throughout the U.S. and Canada report they have never had to fight a marijuana user. When’s the last time they had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.
  • I haven’t heard of alcohol ever prescribed as a pain killer. Marijuana? Well, several times.

So, the argument really should be about making alcohol illegal, if marijuana cannot be made legal. As long as alcohol’s freely sold to people of age with a “drink responsibly” label, well why not sell marijuana with a “smoke responsibly” label too?

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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