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  • Here's something most people don't know about marijuana. Officially the U.S. federal government

  • classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug. That is the strictest classification they have, period.

  • Full stop. That means the government thinks marijuana is more dangerous than Schedule

  • 2 drugs like cocaine or meth. It means they think marijuana is on the same plane as heroin.

  • About 3,000 people died from heroin overdoses in 2010. You know how many people died directly

  • of overdosing on marijuana? Zero. And I don't mean zero in 2010, I mean zero in basically

  • recorded human history. Which isn't to say that smoking hay bales worth of pot is a good

  • idea. It's not. But notice what I did there. You hear that all the time. That's what we

  • in the media business call the "to be sure" paragraph. It's the paragraph where we cover

  • our asses. Almost everyone says that. Even the people who think legalizing marijuana is a

  • great idea don't say it's a good thing. The argument for legalizing pot isn't that pot

  • is good, but that the war on pot is bad. But there is a way in which legal pot could be

  • a huge public health win. I mean one of the biggest public health wins we've had in decades,

  • saving huge numbers of lives. Let's go back to that drug schedule. There is one drug you

  • won't see on there, even though it is a hell of a lot more dangerous than pot or even cocaine.

  • That's alcohol. The thing about alcohol is it's really bad for you, lethally bad for

  • you. I don't want to be a hypocrite here. I enjoy a drink. But the evidence on this,

  • you cannot run away from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are

  • 88,000 deaths each year attributable to alcohol. About 25,000 of them are just direct overdoses.

  • The numbers here are really amazing. A Columbia University study found that being drunk increases

  • the risk of a fatal accident 13-fold. Pot, by contrast, increases the risk by less than

  • 2-fold. Then there's all the other nasty stuff alcohol leads to. It's a big contributor to

  • violence, to crime, to addiction. It breaks up families. It gives people cancer. It gives

  • them liver failure. People forget this but prohibition -- we laugh at it now but it was

  • happening for a reason. People drank more then and it was a scourge. So this is the

  • question with legal pot: Would people use it as a replacement or a complement to alcohol.

  • If it's a replacement, it's a huge deal. Marijuana is a lot safer to use than alcohol. People

  • don't die from it. They rarely kill others while on it. More marijuana and less alcohol

  • means fewer deaths from intoxication, fewer drunk driving fatalities, less crime, less

  • violence. But if marijuana complements alcohol rather than replacing it, then it's a problem.

  • If it makes people for whatever reason, drink more, then legalizing pot might actually make

  • our alcohol problem worse. Now I'm going to say something that kind of sucks: we actually don't

  • know the answer here. There is encouraging early evidence. In a survey of Canadian medical

  • marijuana users, 41% said they replace alcohol with marijuana. Another survey of California

  • medical marijuana users found they drank less than the national average. But those are medical

  • marijuana users. They might be different from the general population. People using marijuana

  • for fun might have a very different relationship to alcohol than people using marijuana because

  • they're sick. But this isn't just something we can study, it's something that we can affect,

  • that we can change. Since we know that a lot of people want to use some kind of mind-altering substance,

  • we could arrange public policy to push them towards the safer one. But right now, we can't

  • because the federal government, against all the evidence, thinks that marijuana is an

  • incredibly, insanely dangerous substance with absolutely no redeeming value under any circumstance.

  • What are they smoking?

Here's something most people don't know about marijuana. Officially the U.S. federal government


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    joey joey に公開 2021 年 05 月 15 日