I believe the decline in use of heroin, cocaine, and other "hard drugs" in an environment of legalized marijuana is debatable, and the difference may be marginal at best. If you are inclined to do the harder stuff, you'll most likely do it regardless of the legal status of marijuana.
However, one thing that can't be denied is a reduction in fatal car accidents and drunk driving arrests in states which legalized medical marijuana. Study after study has proven it.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol. It's not even debatable.
I don't have a horse in the race on this one but someting about the assertion that legalizing marijuana will decrease other drug use doesnt ring particularly true IMO.
It may be a marginal reduction, but i find it hard to believe there would be no reduction whatsoever. It's just one more in a laundry list of reasons to legalize marijuana. The primary one (in my opinion) being the reduction in violent crime.
As to your second point, absolutely. Marijuana is safer than alcohol in a variety of ways. It has significantly less medical complications. Also, it's essentially impossible to overdose and die on Marijuana. I believe there is only one reported case of death be Marijuana overdose and medical evidence there is questionable. Killing yourself with an acute alcohol overdose on the overhand is relatively easy.
http://washingtonindependent.com/116...-drunk-drivingI wasn't aware of those studies? Have one handy to link?
Add domestic violence to the list.As to your second point, absolutely. Marijuana is safer than alcohol in a variety of ways. It has significantly less medical complications. Also, it's essentially impossible to overdose and die on Marijuana. I believe there is only one reported case of death be Marijuana overdose and medical evidence there is questionable. Killing yourself with an acute alcohol overdose on the overhand is relatively easy.
Para, you and I are rarely in almost total agreement.
I say we savor it.
Btw, someone mentioned that big Pharma/tobacco will never allow total legalization. That assumes those industries won't start investing in dispensaries.
I think we can all agree that higher incidence of DUI accidents and fatalities, increased gateway drug use, drug use/abuse/addiction
at earlier ages, lower workplace productivity coupled with increased # of workplace accidents, greater incidence of birth defects, higher insurance costs, growth in the rate of violent / sexual crimes, higher incidences of respiratory disease and testicular cancer along with higher risk for psychosis when taken as a whole, a very small price to pay for legalizing pot.
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The arguments against legalization crack me up. Reminds me of the Churches attitude on masturbation. You know if they say its OK teenage boys might try it!!
And stop with the "gateway drug" fantasy.
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But, if you want an increased heart rate and to ingest more carcinogens than a cigarette pot is probably the way to go
Furthermore, pot always leads to intoxication, a high. A glass of wine or beer with dinner for an adult does not.
True that beer is no good for those already w/ Asthma and COPD...or allergies...
And interestingly polyphenols are also anti-tioxidants....http://news.menshealth.com/drop-the-...ne/2011/06/16/
Yes, it was silly for this dude to smoke pot and go crazy on the highway...
No one on pot ever commits violent crimes...? Edumacate yo' bad self...
Now Shirley Hemphill..she was pretty damn funny.