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Group offers $10,000 to disprove marijuana is safer than alcohol claim

Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, October, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

 

As part of an ongoing effort to educate the public about the relative harms of alcohol and marijuana, the Safer Texas Campaign will pay $10,000 to anyone who can disprove three statements of fact that demonstrate that marijuana is objectively and unquestionably safer than alcohol.  
 
The three assertions are:
 
1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol.
 
2. The health effects from long-term alcohol consumption cause tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. annually than the health effects from the long-term consumption of marijuana.
 
3. Violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by alcohol is far more prevalent in the U.S. than violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by marijuana only.
 
“We are confident that this $10,000 will not be claimed,” said Safer Texas Campaign coordinator Craig Johnson, when he posed the challenge.  “Marijuana is objectively and unquestionably less harmful than alcohol, and these three statements are representative of that fact.  Alcohol is more toxic than marijuana, more likely to lead to the death of the user -- either by overdose or chronic use -- and more likely to contribute to violence.  For good measure, alcohol is also more addictive than marijuana.  As we consider whether to reform our marijuana laws, it is important that the people of Texas understand these facts.”
 
If you happen to believe you can disprove these assertions, please send peer-reviewed studies or government statistics that contradict all three of them to safertexas@protectyouth.org.
 
(Source: SaferTexas.org)

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