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September 1, 2009

New poll has majority saying alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana

Marijuana-Is-SAFER-book-cover This new report from Rasmussen, which is headlined "51% Rate Alcohol More Dangerous Than Marijuana," should give yet another boost toward efforts to legalize the (no-longer-?) wicked weed. Here are the basics:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of American adults say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 19% disagree and say pot is worse. But 25% say both are equally dangerous. Just two percent (2%) say neither is dangerous.

Younger adults are more likely than their elders to view alcohol as the more dangerous of the two.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of women say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, compared to 48% of men. Men by a two-to-one margin over women say pot is riskier, but women are more inclined to say both are dangerous.

Unmarried adults are more critical of alcohol than those who are married. Those with children at home think alcohol is more dangerous than those without kids living with them.

Perhaps the main message of this new book (pictured in this post), titled "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?," which has been recommended to me by many thoughtful folks has already gotten through to a majority of Americans.  Whether this message will lead to significant legal and sentencing reform, however, remains to be seen.

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We don't need a poll to tell us that gravity exists (though 40 percent of Americans believe it's a actually a communist plot). According to a 1995 report from the the Center for Disease Control, when you include traffic accidents involving alcohol, alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States after tobacco use and poor eating and exercise habits. How many deaths are attributed to marijuana? 10? 20? 30?

Posted by: Michael R. Levine | Sep 1, 2009 8:19:14 PM

It's remarkable that it would be news that Americans believe pot is safer. It IS safer, it doesn't really matter what kind of reefer-madness BS some Americans believe! Perhaps next we can conduct a poll on whether the Second Law of Thermodynamics is valid?

There was a point in recent memory when a majority of Americans falsely believed Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Americans believe all sorts of silly things that are contrary to reality, frequently in overwhelming numbers.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Sep 2, 2009 9:21:52 AM

This brings up the question of why doctors hate america.

The doctor shrinks behind his self serving affidavit of hypocracy. His forked tongue curls around the limp wrist of his master, the alco- and pharmo- inducstrial complex. The doctor seeks to continue his rent seeking function of being the guardian of the gate for those who want a $1 oxycontin high. Why are doctors practically the first ones in the door whenever a meth lab is found? Patriotic citizens with half a brain and the gumption to make their own labs are the real threat to there criminal cult enterprise.

Posted by: Supremacy Clause 2 | Sep 2, 2009 9:27:56 AM

We won't do the right thing on marijuana (or even consider it seriously) for the same reason we don't undo any number of bone-headed, needlessly costly, horrendously destructive policies (gutting the treasury to sustain a world empire, fighting bogus wars, incarcerating tens of thousands of citizens who don't need to be incarcerated, etc.).

Because we prize looking tough over being wise. Because voices of reason are too easily shouted down by demagogues. Because the majority of Americans are too gullible, stupid or fearful to maintain a serious democracy.

Posted by: John K | Sep 2, 2009 2:07:20 PM

10, 20 or 30 deaths due to marijuana use????

Wow, I guess stoners never drive under the influence........

Posted by: mjs | Sep 2, 2009 5:38:28 PM

Or we could put people in jail that use marijuana for recreation purposes.... wait that's what we do now uummhh how is that working for the States? Hey lets make a person a felon if they have more than 1.5 oz of weed then tell them go look for a job for the rest of your life with that on your record damn we do that too.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 2, 2009 8:52:38 PM

Stoners do sometimes drive under the influence. Though, oddly, research indicates that people generally drive more safely when they are high. Guess it's because they're not in a rush to get anywhere...

Posted by: Res ipsa | Sep 3, 2009 6:22:57 PM

This is a bad part in the bad social habits and is also part of the health problems consumed this combined with bad eating habits and obesity problems in society.

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