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Study: Alcohol Is “More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis” — So Explain To Me Again Why Pot Is Illegal?

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 1, 2011

    Alcohol consumption causes far greater harms to the individual user and to society than does the use of cannabis, according to a new review published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.

    Investigators at the Imperial College of London assessed “the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol.” Authors reported that cannabis inhalation, particularly long-term, contributes to some potential adverse health effects, including harms to the lungs, circulatory system, as well as the exacerbation of certain mental health risks. By contrast, authors described alcohol as “ a toxic substance” that is responsible for nearly five percent “of the total global disease burden.”

    Researchers determined, “A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to [individual] users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society). … As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment to cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol.”

    They concluded, “The findings underline the need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use.”

    The researchers’ findings should hardly come as a revelation. Last week, a just-published study that was completely ignored by the mainstream media reported that alcohol consumption increased lung cancer risk by 30 percent.

    Surprised? You shouldn’t be. After all, a February 2011 World Health Organization report concluded that alcohol consumption causes a staggering four percent of all deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. A just-published analysis in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that in the United States alone, an estimated 79,000 lives are lost annually due to excessive drinking. The study further estimates that the overall economic cost of excessive drinking by Americans is $223.5 billion annually.

    Naturally, any health costs related to cannabis use pale in comparison. A 2009 review published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal estimated that health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers of alcoholic beverages than they are for those who use cannabis, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers. “In terms of [health-related] costs per user: tobacco-related health costs are over $800 per user, alcohol-related health costs are much lower at $165 per user, and cannabis-related health costs are the lowest at $20 per user,” investigators concluded.

    In an op/ed I wrote last year entitled “Pot Versus Alcohol: Experts Say Booze Is the Bigger Danger,” I cited the findings of numerous independent commissions, all of which pronounced that the risks of marijuana were nominal compared to those associated with booze. You can read these findings here and much of this evidence is discussed in even greater detail in my book, Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

    Nevertheless, despite its enormous societal toll, alcohol remains celebrated in this country — American Craft Beer Week is now endorsed by the U.S. Congress — while cannabis remains arbitrarily criminalized and demonized. It’s a situation illogical enough to drive most anyone to drink.

    105 Responses to “Study: Alcohol Is “More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis” — So Explain To Me Again Why Pot Is Illegal?”

    1. BobKat says:

      “A 2009 review published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal estimated that health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers of alcoholic beverages than they are for those who use cannabis, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers.”

      8X higher? How? What are the dangers cannabis users encounter that even makes the figure 8? Sure, there is carbon monoxide in any plant that’s smoked. There’s heat, from a burning joint, hotter than tobacco which is treated in unknown chemicals for the “perfect burn”. There is paranoia, most of it based on the reality that if you use cannabis, you’re a target of law enforcement. That makes the paranoia real, not imagined.

      Once I realized those basics, I attained a new level of understanding and appreciation for cannabis over alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco smoke for example constricts the interchange of oxygen and CO2 in breathing; cannabis actually has the opposite effect, improving oxygen/CO2 exchange. With technology like the modern oven to bake cannabis brownies, and vaporizers to smoke cannabis, lung damage is hardly a risk.

      As for cognitive impairment… since cannabis became unavailable to me around 7 years ago due to my turning 50, and not being all that social anymore, I’ve taking to drinking more and smoking tobacco. I continue to find what herbs I can that are legal like valerian, chamomile, and other herbs I will not share, but overall, my health, and well-being is less than half of what it was when cannabis was something I could take a toke or two from at the end of my workday.

      For myself anyways, cannabis prohibition is a death sentence. And for what crime? I’ve been a generous person, a contributing member of society, employed my whole adult life, and most of it I got stoned after work, drank 1 or two beers. I smoked tobacco, tried to quit, but that was a addiction that I developed around age 14, and couldn’t ever shake. At 19 I got stoned the first time, and immediately realized that was for me. But I could never abandon the tobacco, because it was legal, and readily available, and cannabis was not.

      Oh yeah, “cognitive impairment”??? Prior to using cannabis I was a struggling student happy with a C average. I had no clue as to life, or ambition. Until I got stoned that first time. The “impairment” President Obama speaks of for me was an immediate interest in life, nature, and knowledge. Until I turned 50 and cannabis became unavailable i dedicated my time to all three. I got several degrees and was very active in community.

      That was then, this is now. I’m 57. Given the current status quo favoring dangerous drugs over safe ones with benefits, I figure I’m lucky to see age 60.

      That gives me three years to do everything I can, within the law, to make a difference, to create change.

      In a sense President Obama, the cannabis petitions you so callously overlooked, were my efforts to right a serious and life threatening wrong our government has been pursuing for way too long. I voted for you – seriously believing in your call for change, your call for responsible gov’t, your reliance on science.

      In return, you spit in my face, relinquish ownership of a answer to the ONDCP whose job it is to lie about cannabis anyways. Just today I went to the liquor store to buy a bottle of coffee brandy, and the guy in front of me in the line was purchasing 30 bottles of whiskey. You call that regulation??? I asked the clerk if there was a limit to how much alcohol I could purchase? He replied – “you can buy all the alcohol in the store if you’d like.

      No thank-you.

      Yet cannabis, which is far safer, if legalized, IF, would be subject to what? One ounce a month? Maybe?

      But why speculate when you like many Presidents before you, except Jimmy Carter, buy into this Reefer Madness crap?!

      You know, I heard two things about you Mr. Obama in the last few days… 1) your doctor pronounced you “tobacco free”. Well congratulations, Mr. President, but see, the problem is, you’ll always be a addict of tobacco, even if you are currently “free”. And 2) your popularity rating went up 2 points… well, that was then, but now is now, and I predict, given your ignorance of cannabis, and it’s many potential benefits to society, the enormous taxes it could provide, and the savings in a society harmed by the laws against it, that your popularity rating will plummet. See, given the current status quo as to who the next Republican candidate probably will be, I was going to vote for you because you have done a couple things that merit kudos. But this latest slam on cannabis decided it for me… and no way will I vote for you again.

      Your only reference to the effects and dangers of cannabis comes from the gov’t NIDA… well sorry, but that is not science, that is a joke, which isn’t funny.

    2. claygooding says:

      It would be nice if Obama stepped down from the race,,so we could look at a Democrat that could get some votes.
      He will be another lying piece of scat,,but I am tired of looking at this piece of crap.

    3. Derek says:

      This article is exactly what I believe. If your not going make marijuana legal alcohol damn sure should not be legal. If guns were legal and slingshots were illegal, would that not seem silly? Gotta love the power of money and what it controls.

    4. Chris says:

      These studies need to be published on well-known news sites. Mainstream America needs to see these reports.

    5. NiaiS G0nz-O says:

      People should stop trying to legalize marijuana by telling us how bad alcohol is, it looks bad. Marijuana users lose votes from drinkers that do and drinkers that don’t smoke but think it should be legal but now refuse to vote or vote no because they’re now defensive feeling attacked because marijuana activists are making it sound like since we can’t smoke they can’t drink either and the issue can be put off if they can distract everyone by starting a war between smokers and drinkers. There’s a lot of drinker votes that could be put to use due to street dealers voting no and older folks that want it to stay used for “medical use only” and want to fight to have insurance companies pay for their medical marijuana. To add to the pile there’s growers voting no cause they’re paranoid that major corporations will take there jobs. The only people I see voting yes to outright legalize it are the stoners that smoke more than they can afford which are people that the general public looks down on anyways which in turn makes more people vote no to try to rid there city of beggars trying to “get up the funds fer a gram” I’d say the best thing for everyone would be to stop attacking alcohol and take example from Amsterdam and just vote to decriminalize marijuana so marijuana users get the votes of medical users, growers, street dealers, and drinkers. Then they might have the numbers to out vote the annoyed public and greedy pig government officials. Then use that as a foot in the door to someday “Legalize it”. Remember, It’s not a right or a privilege to question your government it’s an obligation and “the policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson 3rd President. Government only rules if the people allow it, use your brain and don’t be oppressed. <>

    6. Michael B says:

      I still, after all these years, believe marijuana is illegal for one really good reason.

      All the people for marijuana legalization are a bunch of milk toast, save my own ass, jack asses.

      In just a few weeks, the OWS people have had news coverage everyday.

      President Obama has personaly, in the media, talked about them.

      Obama has even talked to Congress on their behalf.

      What did you get? A lame ass letter from some flunky.

      So, just think of this. While you sit at home and smoke your weed, all you really are doing is sucking.

      You get what you stand up and fight for.

      From what I see, most of you don’t deserve a pipe, let alone something to put in it.

    7. adam says:

      This is a dog that won’t hunt. Alcohol IS dangerous, but it is a part of society, and the majority drinks in some manner (just over 50% of Americans drink regularly). While it’s nice to know and pretty much undebatable that cannabis is safer than alcohol, talking about how bad alcohol is doesn’t make anyone feel better about cannabis. The same goes for tobacco – everyone knows it’s bad, but comparing cannabis to it just makes people think, “well, cannabis is still bad, so it should probably stay illegal, think of how much bad stuff comes from tobacco and alcohol…”

      It should be emphasized instead that cannabis can be used responsibly, like most people use alcohol, and that by promoting legalization you are promoting responsible use.

      Look, this whole blog is a testament to reason, but we need to learn the art of marketing if we want to legalize cannabis. This isn’t it.

    8. tbill says:

      to 41

      you first :)

    9. SAINT RICO says:

      #19…Jamie— great idea!! T’would be very interesting…

    10. THE FACTOR says:

      Test . My last post didn’t work .

    11. Don says:

      @57 Michael B:

      First let me say I think you’re totally wrong about those of us that are trying to get cannabis legalized. But, even if you are right, you seem to think it is okay for the big bad feds to bully us. Bullying is just plain wrong and shouldn’t be tolerated in our society by individuals and certainly not by our Govt! Marijuana prohibition is really cultural warfare.

      Many thousands of us have tried to play by the rules. We write our president, congressmen and senators to no avail. We made our concerns know when they (the Feds) gave us the petition web page; again to no avail. We donate our time and money for the cause but I fear the money is not enough to convince the greedy leaders of this country to change their stance.

      If we were to try to start a real physical fight with them, they would quickly wipe us out with their advanced weapons so that would be foolish and pointless. As for protesting in the streets, many of us are willing but we don’t have any major supporters rallying us. It might not do any good anyway… That was tried in the 60s and mostly just ended up with a lot of peaceful people getting their heads busted and serving jail time…

      Seriously, I just don’t know what else we can do except try to spread the word about just how wrong this prohibition is.

      So Michael B – Are you just on this site to cause trouble or do you have a suggestion about something we aren’t already doing that has a chance of working considering the kind of Govt we have?

    12. Viv says:

      Marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, or damage the immune system. Unlike alcohol, marijuana does not kill brain cells or induce violent behavior. The government is wasting more money trying to keep cannabis off the streets by putting “criminals” that get caught with it into jails.

    13. Ray DiPasquale says:

      Herb is the healing of a nation,
      alcohol is the destruction.
      Bob Marley

    14. exsmoker says:

      Seriously, have you EVER heard of someone going home to smoke Cannabis and beating their child and/or significant other? I have not heard one single shred of evidence about cannabis-induced violence. Now about alcohol… why is alcohol legal again? I will never understand America’s ways.

    15. BobKat says:

      To #56, 57, 58:

      #58 quote: “While it’s nice to know and pretty much undebatable that cannabis is safer than alcohol, talking about how bad alcohol is doesn’t make anyone feel better about cannabis. The same goes for tobacco…”

      I understand your concern; that being that bashing alcohol or tobacco doesn’t help our cause. I agree, cannabis should be considered based it’s own merits, which are many. But the facts in this case are that alcohol prohibition was something nearly 100 years to bring about. Alcohol is a very dangerous substance, and can easily lead to abuse and addiction. Same with tobacco. The difference is, the laws don’t lock up or harass those using alcohol or tobacco. And the question is why?

      It should also be suggested commenters assume all posting here are pot users. Except for a handful of opportunities, in the last 7 years since turning 50 I had zero access to cannabis. I don’t use it. I seek out alternative plants, which may be more harmful than cannabis.

      On one of the NORML blogs, a retired police chief, is now opening advocating for legalization of cannabis. In his comment he opens up about how when he was chief, he loved busting pot users. They didn’t struggle. It was easy work. Something I hope I can take as remorse.

      Facts are, cannabis is up hard against the alcohol and tobacco lobbies. The truth is, cannabis IS far less harmful, if at all, compared to legal recreational drugs.

      We don’t have the news coverage that Occupy Wall Street has, granted, but what we do have is a safer alternative to currently legal recreational drugs. And the federal government needs to accept that alcohol and tobacco are dangerous drugs, and they are far more dangerous than pot, which can land you into a heap of unnecessary, and unjust legal proceedings.

      If the gov’t sincerely and without question believes that cannabis is more a danger to society than alcohol and tobacco, then they seriously have no other options available but to put tobacco in as a Schedule One drug, and Alcohol as Schedule two. That is the science they practice. The US Constitution guarantees the punishment shall not exceed the crime, yet it does. The evidence is the way the gov’t treats alcohol and tobacco, with impunity.

      Just plain wrong.

    16. Ray says:

      people are rightly pissed…i’m a recovering alcoholic – 2 years tonight – and i know that it is a safer choice…but do you think for a moment that they are listening?

    17. Luke says:

      Due to the vast alcoholism is my family, I was genetically passed down the burden of a super addictive personality. This really proved harmful on me after going through epilepsy during military service.
      Addictions are fueled mostly by depression. I had smoked pot almost all my life, but I never had used it as a “emotional shield” until I faced the consequences of epilepsy and brain surgery which literally maximized my addiction issues. For anyone else, smoking pot would have eased pain and helped with recovery. For me, due to the effects alcohol has had on my family genetics, I ended up smoking one ounce every 2 days and a severe addiction.
      No, pot is not chemically addictive at all, but with my addiction issues I can easily get addicted to anything. Yes I went through rehab, and I’ve had to reach the understanding that I cannot touch anything that brings me off sobriety or else I will get addicted. However, this is ALL because of alcohol in my family. If I smoked a joint everyday of my life then had children, they would never posses any such addictive personalities.
      Alcohol should be made illegal. It leads to depression, death, and many other terrible things.

    18. Adam J says:

      What the prohibitionists fail to acknowledge when they say “two wrongs don’t make a right” is that our current system takes away the ability to choose the lesser evil, pot, and systematically directs people to the greater evil, alcohol.

    19. Evilcyber says:

      It’s illegal because of inherited prejudices.

      Cultural heritage is often carried on even when more recent developments – as for example in the light of new research – doesn’t make quite a lot of sense anymore.

      It might be an arbitrary example, but take the keyboards we type on: the keys on them are arranged the way they are because on mechanical typewriters it mostly prevented stuck keys. For the act of typing itself this layout never was ideal, yet we continue to use it just as we did 120 years ago.

    20. Joel: the other Joel says:

      Cannabis expands and opens my mind to make better decisions while alcohol makes me bold and careless.

      The bad side is:
      Cannabis makes me wimpy if I do too much and alcohol makes me stupid and clumsy.

    21. rick says:

      #15 Loren: Schuette doesn’t give a damn about the truth. The only answer it to vote that cunt out in the next election.

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    23. Harry Jugs says:

      So what’s new! If MJ user’s can figure out how to get Big Pharma big money, we can smoke all we want! Maybe for every joint we smoke we pay Big Pharma 10cents. That way they get the money they want and we get to smoke all we want! HA!

    24. T Rock says:

      I still like my beer but it is much more satisfying to kick back with a joint after a long day

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    26. Ross says:

      I think that there is no reason why a plant that is organic, and has no side affects should never be illegal. Thats like saying we should ban the use of oregano, I mean come on. I smoke cigs too and have used alcohol, and I have done my share of other recreational drugs, and I found it to be at least 10 times harder to quit smoking cigs or alcohol than it was to stop using coke!! I smoked the all mighty the whole time and I am a full time student at a major university, and have no problems with studying or passing my classes, but one of the first things you have to do even with college is go and take an alcohol assessment test and pass!! If you dont you can be put on acedemic suspention just for failing a class on alcohol, there is a way bigger issue with alcohol than there every has been with pot, its just society as a whole does not accept “Dope Smokers” its just another stereo-type that has gotten out of control. If society would keep an open mind about things maybe just maybe they would see the light like soo many of us has. And just to add its all about the money, i think the government has a hidden ajenda about legalizing pot, they are just trying to soak up all the money they can now from the so called illegal busts, cause they would lose money in a big way from these seisures, they make more off of that than they would if it was legal. not saying that its not profitable but it would take them years to make as much off of taxing pot as they make off of their soo called legal busts!!!

    27. Nelida says:

      Hum…I admit there is some truth to all of your comments, some more than others, however, the actual article states that marihuana is SAFER THAN alcohol, NOT totally SAFE altogheter!!!!! It seems to me that, many of you chose to understand that MJ is SAFE. Not at all what the article says and NOT REALLY TRUE EITHER! Recent scientific studies have proven that present day MJ contains much higher percentages of THC than the kind used back in the 60’s. Listen to Jerry Agar’s Podcast on Oct. 24, 2011, he had Dr. Oren Amitay as a guest speaker. This show was interesting because Dr. Amitay confided that 10 years ago he wouldn’t have made the statements he makes today, partly because he grew up in the bossom of a family that held ‘MJ Parties” thus he grew up believing the stuff was harmless. Now there is, according to him, enough scientific evidence to support the fact that is not as harmless as may depict it. Food for thought.

    28. Don says:

      @79 Nelida, I don’t really believe anyone participating in this forum believes that cannabis is completely harmless. I think we can all agree that it is much safer than alcohol. I am not at all concerned with the potency aspect. That is because it is simply a matter of adjusting the amount you ingest or smoke. For me, when I choose to smoke it, I use an amount that is about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the tip of my pinkie finger. That’s all I typically need to feel quite satisfied in an average day. Seriously, even the drug czar (okay, maybe not that idiot) would have to agree that amount isn’t going to do any serious damage to an adult (21 years or older). I think that the polution in our environment probably does more damage than that to our bodies!

    29. Alexis says:

      The reason alcohol is legal and cannabis isn’t is because of many different reasons, not just one. The complications from alcohol consumption bring money into the hospitals, pharmacies, police stations…People cannot OD on Cannabis, they would fall asleep first. You cannot patent a plant and the hospitals/pharmacies would not want cannabis legalized because cannabis is the cure for cancer. Unfortunately it’s all about money. There’s plenty of evidence, but what would the government rather do? Make money off sick/dying people. It’s population control…they’ve had the cancer cure since the 1970s. Henry Ford made a car of hemp that ran off hemp gasoline…but what do we do? Use crude oil instead of something that is renewable and better for the earth. So many products would be replaced and jobs would be replaced, however the government would have you believe that dopers will be everywhere…I highly doubt any non-smokers would change their mind. People might be more inclined to try it, but there are people who prefer alcohol over cannabis simply because of the effects. The overwhelming evidence of this plants usefulness should be enough, but unfortunately it’s not. I used to be one of those people who thought it was just something the hippies said…”It’s a government conspiracy, man.” Well…now I think they’re right.

    30. BobKat says:

      TIME TO COME CLEAN PEOPLE!

      Marijuana IS a dangerous drug, one that flies into the face of common, decent people! Our jest has gone on long enough. Time to admit we have serious problems with drugs, authority, self-destruction. Anyone here who has even used marijuana has a mind filled with disease, cognitive impairment. And if only we had stayed on the right road, which includes alcohol and tobacco, we’d be okay, but we’re not. We should admit it… seek help!

      We are in denial.

      Latest news from FOX… a doctor says marijuana causes heart attacks. Dr. Manny Alverez, reports on FOX NEWS: “…studies have linked marijuana use to heart disease…”. OKay, so the article begin:

      “Three Texas teenagers suffered heart attacks after smoking an illegal brand of synthetic weed known as K2.”

      K2, for those unfamiliar with it, is a synthetic chemical closely related, but not the same as THC. It is sprayed on a variety of herbs and sold as “legal pot”. Of course the DEA banned 5 types of the chemical, but hundreds more variants are possible.

      The problem is K2 is sold online and is considered by many to be pot, just as “dangerous as pot”, and so this story really gets to the heart of the issue.

      Dr. Alverez says: “I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but we are in the middle of a drug war. This drug war of the 21st century is not the same that parents and educators faced growing up in the 60s, 70s and 80s.”

      Much more a danger to society and even more reason for the federal government to step in and protect “our youth”.

      The three youths fully recovered from their K2 drug use/heart attacks, but “they were lucky”. I expect all will wise up and use legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco in the future.

      The fact is says Dr. Alvarez: “Prior studies have linked marijuana use to heart disease…”

      Oh YEAH??? Wow, so in addition to lung disease, cognitive impairment and heart disease, how much worse can marijuana be? Hmmm… even if true, it’s still less harmful than booze and cigarettes.

      Where do they – these educated people come up with this bull? So you eat a marijuana brownie and you get a heart attack and lung disease? While smoking any plants causes dangers in the form of heat, particulate matter and CO getting into one’s lungs.

      So now, one more reason to arrest cannabis users… because some doctor claims studies prove it causes heart disease. What’s next?

      You can read the article here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/08/synthetic-drugs-show-deadly-side-effects/

      Only one way to stop Reefer Madness… turn ourselves in and seek medical attention, psychiatric help, medicare and disability because we can not possible function as productive human beings if we’ve ever been under the influence of Satan’s Weed!

      I’m tired of being on the run… haven’t used it in 7 years but I did, so that makes me eligible for public assistance – in the form of a nice cushy bed in a mental hospital where I’d get drugs like the ones Michael Jackson got. From his doctor who now stands convicted. And again, I have to stress, thank God he did not give MJ marijuana! If he had that would have been far worse… MJ probably would have had a heart attack, and Dr. Murray would have gotten life in prison, not just a max of 4 years, if he serves any time all all, so over-crowded are our prisons.

      Get REAL Pres. Obama, My Congress, My law-makers. Who in their right mind truly believes cannabis users and growers should be subject to legal harassment and arrest?

      Heart attacks my ass! Who can respect authority when that authority is JUST PLAIN WRONG and acts like they are cognitively impaired believing in their own lies???

      To have a branch of government (the ONDCP) paid to lie, paid for by our taxes, while claiming alcohol and tobacco are safe because they “are regulated”, flies in the face of common sense. To forbid ALL Research into the benefits of cannabis while owning a federal patent proving cannabis has medicinal value, yet pretending the patent (the claims) don’t exist is lunacy!

      To have elected a President who vowed to respect science completely abandon any science or reason is an embarrassment!

      If we all turn ourselves in, including 60% of Congress including the President, would be – would end the War on Drugs. Don’t we want to end this war? Don’t we all feel guilty of having committed a crime worst than what Dr. Murray did? Don’t we feel America’s god eyeing us and cursing us? For God’s sake people… all the federal gov’t wants us to do is admit we are a threat to society, and a disease… that they can HELP. En mass, we could all end this War… but then, so could the federal government if they’d simply admit they’re the one’s who are diseased and impaired.

    31. Francis says:

      If alcohol is more than twice as harmful as cannabis then cannabis is still harmful enough and should not be legalized

    32. steve-says says:

      i FEEL PEOPLE ARE STILL AFRAID TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT CANNABIS,OUR GOV. HAS SO MUCH POWER OVER PEOPLE.MONEY IS ALLWAYS THE BOTTEM LINE.THE DEA+PHARM.ARE BUDDYS IN THE MEDS THEY GIVE OUT.WE NEED A NEW GOV.THAT WILL LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE MONEY.IT IS OUR COUNTRY NOT THE DAMN BIG CO. POT IS A GOOD THING PUT HERE BY GOD..i HAVE NOWN ABOUT NORML SENCE THE 70S..I WISH THEY COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE POT LAWS

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    34. Anonymous says:

      i dont know why canabis its illegal but i know why alchool isnt:if alchool would be illegal the countries wouldnt make that much money,cause theyr are a loot more drinkers than junkies….!end of story bye bye :):)

    35. paty storzbach says:

      i would rather have my children smoke pot than drink alcohol…a pot buzz is soooo different than an alcohol buzz…ive never thrown up when im super high…no hangover the next day…it’s a nice way to unwind after a good long day of work…and if you use a vaporizer…it will help with the health issues…i KNOW it will be legalized in my lifetime…IT’S STUPIDITY NOT TO!!!!!

    36. John Smith says:

      This is common knowledge!

      Its only illegal because all major gas, oil, timber and clothing companies lobbied governments to make it illegal, because if they didn’t they would be out of business as you can use the hemp plant to do all of the above (gas will need to be mixed, but will still screw those companies). That’s pretty much the reason – LEGALIZE IT!! Or lets all move to Canada, Portugal or Holland. Good times :)

    37. Bobby BEL says:

      We have Nazi Bushes, Rockefeller, Turners and the Federal Reserve Bank committing Treason and the RICO ACT. They are under investigation with the FBI at this time call and ask them.
      End the Fed reserve and rothschilds Nazi Jew world bank and we end war, crime, drug wars, poverty, illegal government, taxes.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9__3CNtQ0I&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9Kjw2B21R0&feature=related

    38. Russ Dailey says:

      I feel that the only reason “POT” is illegal is because the government cannot make money off of it because, it is easy to “GROW YOUR OWN” which would cut the government out of TAXING it.

    39. Russ Dailey says:

      Oh yeah . And how many times have you heard of someone going out and robbing a liquor store because they needed a hit of “WEED”?

    40. Torch says:

      I said it before & I’ll say it again. The PRIMARY reason alcohol is legal & pot is not is MONEY!!! Too many people in Government & their “inner circles” Make TOO MUCH MONEY keeping pot illegal! Big alcohol companies give millions to campaigns, the Government will have a hard time taxing growers, & if they legalized pot ALL the “anti-drug” money would go away. Prison’s would NOT be as overpopulated as they are which will mean less money for the prison system. The fact of the matter so long as there is “corruption” in our Government pot will remain illegal!!!

    41. mark says:

      Marijuana is illegal because it its the most renewable crop that was ever created and it will bankrupt most american corporations and they know it has unlimited potential and fear it.

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