Marijuana vs. Alcohol: A made-up story brought to you by the MJ lobby

 

Marijuana or alcohol? Nobody should want kids using either one

 

One of the craziest arguments from the marijuana lobby is that young people should smoke marijuana because it’s less dangerous than alcohol. We were recently subjected to the strange spectacle of a group of mothers in Colorado pushing for marijuana legalization because alcohol is so dangerous for kids. There’s a whole organization dedicated to this cause. I’ll let you find the website yourself.

The depth of the MJ lobby’s narcissistic defense of intoxication amazes me. Both alcohol AND marijuana are bad for kids, and neither mothers nor anybody else should want children using either one. Anyway, this whole marijuana vs. booze idea is a made-up story.

There is no evidence that if kids smoke marijuana they won’t drink alcohol. On the contrary, research data shows that the two drugs are used in tandem by teens. From 1975 to 1978, the percentage of teens using marijuana grew – and so did the percentage of teens drinking. Then marijuana use began to drop, and so did teen drinking, through 1992. Since then, marijuana use climbed, remained steady and then dipped slightly, while alcohol use remained steady and then dipped slightly, through binge drinking has increased.

This information comes from the massive Monitoring the Future project by University of Michigan, which concludes:

“… There is little evidence that supports what we have termed ‘the displacement hypothesis,’ which asserts that an increase in marijuana use will somehow lead to a decline in alcohol use, or vice versa. Instead, both substances appear to move more in harmony…”

If we legalize marijuana, kids will be able to get it more easily. Meanwhile, easy access to alcohol will continue. So marijuana legalization will mean that we will have more kids smoking marijuana AND drinking alcohol. That’s not what we want as a society, I don’t think.

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2 Responses to Marijuana vs. Alcohol: A made-up story brought to you by the MJ lobby

  1. Dude says:

    When you start off your story with a lie like,”young people should smoke marijuana because it’s less dangerous than alcohol. “one has to wonder about the bias of the author.
    Show me ANY mainstream Pro-Cannabis legalization organization that argues FOR underage use .
    Then you write,”The depth of the MJ lobby’s narcissistic defense of intoxication amazes me.”. You fail to grasp that it is more about freedom and overturning unjust laws that persecute those who use, what they consider, a “safer” drug.
    Whether or not under age use of Cannabis will increase is in question, what IS NOT in question is , it should be a health issue NOT a criminal issue. Cannabis should never have been criminalized.

  2. rachelrachel says:

    I did find the website of the group mentioned in the article (moms4marijuana.com), and this is what they say on their front page:

    “That, as with all drugs, Marijuana should NOT BE USED by developing minds under the age of legal consent without parental guidance, as well as the recommendation and continuous evaluation by a licensed medical physician.”

    I’m not sure how you construed that to mean ”young people should smoke marijuana because it’s less dangerous than alcohol.“

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