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Is Pot Safer Than Alcohol?

A Colorado group encourages a national conversation on the topic.

The state of Colorado will vote in November whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use. It is already legal for medicinal use.  

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has used billboards and other types of advertising to promote their message, according to a report by CNN.  The marketing campaign aims to "break down the stereotype about who the typical marijuana user is," explained the campaign's co-director, Mason Tvert to CNN.

"Most of them are professional, hard-working people," he said.

The billboards, radio and TV ads feature people from different walks of life discussing why they smoke marijuana and how it is a better choice than alcohol. 

But is it?  

Opponents of the measure debate whether the revenue raised by legalizing and taxing marijuana would really have much of an economic impact. Others question if there would be enough regulation and oversight to prevent it from becoming abused or readily available to minors. 

If using marijuana for recreational purposes becomes legal in Colorado, the vote will more than likely come to the rest of the states as well.  

Is marijuana safer than alcohol? Tell us in the comments below.

Tater May 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM
As a seasoned smoker, I can tell you there are more dealers out there than all the Chinese restaurants and pizza joints put together. If I make a couple calls I can get pot delivered to my door faster than a pizza or egg fu yung. Plus I can get it any time of day. Why are we always hearing nonsense about how if we legalize pot it's more accessible to children? Its already perfectly accesible. Don't be convinced that the way we do things now are working. End prohibition on the plant I love to smoke.
Ginny Mauldin-Kinney May 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I think it best to legalize marijuana in order to yank the crime rug out of the situation. I believe that to be true with all so-called "illegal drugs". When I was a teenager growing up in Tucker, drugs of any kind were always available, readily. If we legalize drugs then it will take the challenge away of obtaining them and most likely curb the allure of drug use among teens. It will certainly reduce the taxpayer costs of fighting a senseless battle. People who want to do drugs will do drugs, legally or not. "Better to legalize than criminalize."
Arby May 21, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Legalizing marijuana would: -Cause the black market in marijuana to be gone, along with the violence related to it. You can’t beat that. -All of the marijuana money going south would stop, and remain here to be spent legally in our own economy. That is 60% of a cartel’s income. Losing that would be a serious blow to these groups. -Law enforcement, judicial, and incarceration expenditures of public funds for this would no longer be needed- Free the people. -The growing on and damaging of public lands would end, as people would rather grow it at home, ending the illegal cartels involvement. -People with medical needs would be able to seek some small comfort there. It has now been demonstrated that cannabis oil cures many forms of cancer. - (IMO) A decrease in drunk driving statistics would occur. People would soon realize that they enjoy marijuana more than the oncoming sickness of drinking, thus the non alcoholic would drink less, and be safer to the public concern overall. If profit is to be made a black market will always exist. It is high time Americans stood up for freedom and demanded these repressive marijuana laws be changed, ending decades of unjust persecution. Give marijuana back to the people and freedom and liberty itself will turn what was an ugly problem into a favorable outcome. I can not get on a soap box and argue the merit of other drugs, but as far as marijuana I will defend it and speak my peace as a freedom loving American.
Gavin Curran May 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
"Is pot safer than alcohol?" Without a doubt, yes. No one has ever died from its use. The LD:50, which is the lethal dose that will kill 50% of the population, is smoking 1500 pounds in 15 minutes. And you'd die from carbon monoxide poisoning not cannabis toxicity... "Opponents of the measure debate whether the revenue raised by legalizing and taxing marijuana would really have much of an economic impact." Jeffrey Miron, Harvard Economist, predicts we could save $7.7 billion annually on law enforcement costs, and generate $6.2 billion if we taxed cannabis like alcohol and tobacco. That's nothing to scoff at. http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/MironReport.pdf "Others question if there would be enough regulation and oversight to prevent it from becoming abused or readily available to minors." Children have an easier time accessing illegal drugs like cannabis now than they do alcohol and tobacco. Drug dealers don't check ID. There's also an incentive to sell the harder substances because the punishment for dealing illegal drugs is virtually the same (harsh).

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