The alcohol industry doesn’t want marijuana legalized.
But when people experience marijuana’s intoxication and its medical benefits and compare it to what alcohol does to them, they say marijuana comes out on top in the marijuana versus alcohol debate.
When people look at the violence, domestic abuse, and traffic fatalities associated with alcohol, they realize marijuana is safer than alcohol.
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In fact, alcoholics use marijuana to kick their booze addiction and find a new, better life!
That’s why the alcohol industry, along with other marijuana competitors especially the pharmaceutical industry, are clandestine big-money sponsors of anti-marijuana politicians, organizations, and legislation.
Why the Alcohol Industry Hates Marijuana
When you compare the marijuana versus alcohol effects on society and individuals, you see cannabis is far safer and much more helpful.
When you use “too much” marijuana, even the strongest concentrates like butane honey oil or hashish, you end up laughing too much, ravenous, couchlocked, ready to star in your own personal Seth Rogen or Cheech and Chong movie.
Sure you can get too stoned-out using marijuana concentrates too often, and I certainly don’t recommend overuse of cannabis or operating a motor vehicle while high.
I especially warn people about marijuana medibles. Hey, those aren’t regular brownies!
But you can’t DIE from marijuana, no matter how much you ingest.
But use even a few dollars worth of spirit alcohol, and you could end up in a brawl, sloppy drunk, drunk dialing, driving your car into a telephone pole, liver damage, blackouts, comatose…or even dead.
According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, alcohol causes harm far beyond the physical and psychological harm to the drinker, including harm to people around the drinker.
Alcohol use creates serious social, neurological, and developmental problems, including violence, child neglect and abuse, and workplace absenteeism.
Use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually worldwide.
Nearly 4% of all deaths are related to alcohol. Guys are more harmed than girls: 6.2% of male deaths are related to alcohol, compared to 1.1% of females.
Approximately 320,000 people aged 15-29 years die annually from alcohol-related causes, which is nearly 10% of all deaths in that age group.
Alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for causing disease.
But hey, most of us don’t need those grim statistics to tell us alcohol is a poisonous drug.
The day after you get drunk, an alcohol hangover may leave you wracked by headaches, vomiting, and other pain.
But marijuana is an anti-nasuea medicine, a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-spasmodic.
Marijuana helps alleviate disease or symptoms for conditions including cancer, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and Parkinson’s.
Marijuana has neuroprotective and neurorestorative benefits that mitigate brain damage from stroke, alcohol overdose, and brain trauma.
Marijuana is medicine, according to former drug warriors like CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
In the marijuana versus alcohol debate, booze companies can’t make any legit claims that their product is medicinal.
But marijuana definitely is.
Studies show that alcohol and/or prescription drugs are far more likely to cause motor vehicle accidents than marijuana.
So not only is marijuana more fun as an intoxicant, it’s also far safer, and has medical benefits.
In fact, studies show that in states where marijuana is legalized, traffic safety is increased, and there are other societal benefits.
To show you how greedy the alcohol industry is, read the investor disclosure statement made by the manufacturer of Jack Daniels whiskey, in which the manufacturer worries that as the public realizes how dangerous alcohol is, and marijuana becomes more legally available, it could hurt sales.
Of course, alcohol used in very small amounts can be fun and only mildly harmful.
I like to drink a pint of dark, thick Stout beer in England, a glass or two of fine wine in Napa Valley, and a chocolate martini in Manhattan.
I’m careful to never consume enough alcohol to start feeling its effects, because if you feel the effects of alcohol, it means you’re literally liquifying your brain and poisoning your liver!
Scientific and sociological evidence shows alcohol is often a disruptive, potentially lethal drug with no medicinal benefits.
And if you’ve ever ingested too much booze or been around people who did, you already know that alcohol is toxic.
Police in Holland Say: Marijuana Way Better than Alcohol
The stark differences between marijuana versus alcohol are seen vividly cross the Atlantic in Holland, where you can legally buy alcohol and marijuana, and where alcohol bars are totally separated from marijuana “coffee shops.”
When I was at the High Times Cannabis Cup several years ago, I asked Dutch police about marijuana versus alcohol.
They all stated that marijuana coffee shops are peaceful places… but booze bars are the scene of constant fights, thefts, attempted rapes, and other mayhem.
“Alcohol establishments are known trouble spots,” an Amsterdam police officer explained. “But the hippies and the rich alike go into the cannabis coffeeshop and it’s like a summer holiday club. Cannabis users do not constitute a law enforcement threat in any way.”
And I’m sure you’ve noticed that whenever you hear about a funeral for someone killed by drug use, it’s oxycontin, alcohol, sedatives, pharmaceuticals… never marijuana.
You can consume $100 worth of concentrated marijuana in a short period of time and still function, perhaps even function better.
But after consuming a few dollars worth of alcohol, many people are certifiably, falling-down drunk.
Their abilities decrease. They veer towards danger and recklessness. They get sloppy, violent, stupid.
Notice you never see people living on the street, starving, shivering, begging for pennies for pot.
But begging for alcohol, sadly, yes… many street people are alcoholics.
Alcohol changes some people into raging bulls.
Better watch out when people have been drinking too much, because violence is lurking.
Sure, some marijuana advocates downplay the harms of using cannabis, but the alcohol industry is far worse about covering up negative effects of its product.
Just look at those beer commercials showing attractive people in their early 20’s…athletic, high-fiving, perfect white teeth, holding beer cans and bottles above their heads in a drunken celebration.
Problem is, real booze parties aren’t fun, sporting, and safe like alcohol parties shown on television commercials.
And as a woman, one of my biggest concerns in the alcohol versus marijuana debate is that alcohol is the number one date rape drug.
Alcohol is the favorite date rape drug of frat boys and other miscreants who operate beer bongs and other stupidities so girls get so drunk that their legs fall open.
The simple fact is that as marijuana becomes easier to buy and grow, intelligent boozers are switching to marijuana.
The alcohol companies know this, and they’re worried about losing money as society embraces medical, recreational, and social benefits of marijuana.
The pharmaceutical companies and drug warriors lose money too!
One thing’s for sure about the marijuana versus alcohol debate, as more people use and grow marijuana, and the use of alcohol declines, our world becomes a kinder, safer place!