The New York Times: Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol

Nov 04, 2013 , , , , , ,

Last Sunday, the New York Times published an editorial that compared marijuana and alcohol use, particularly the relative harms of the two substances and the influence people substituting marijuana for alcohol could have on road safety. 

But assuming the argument that alcohol and marijuana are “substitutes” bears out, that could be good news, especially for road safety. Of the two substances, alcohol is far more hazardous.

For the most part, marijuana-intoxicated drivers show only modest impairments on road tests. Several studies have suggested that drivers under the influence of marijuana actually overestimate their impairment. They slow down and increase their following distance. The opposite is true of drivers under the influence of alcohol. [MPP emphasis added]

It should be noted that no one should drive under the influence of any impairing substance, including marijuana. Still, the overall impact on public safety due to making marijuana legal will certainly be positive.

The New York Times has a rapidly growing readership and can have a tremendous impact on public opinion. For a paper of this magnitude to recognize and discuss the respective effects of marijuana and alcohol shows real progress in the changing attitudes towards marijuana.


4 responses to “The New York Times: Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol”

  1. Once again, the fight should be centered upon the wholesale violations of our civil rights. Of course marijuana is safer. My concern is that there seems to be very few people asking …why can our government arrest us, jail us, fine us, and take our property, cash and children because we choose to use a safer product? Does our constitution give our government the right to do this? We don’t even have to be convicted and we still can lose our cash, home and children. Again, the stink factor is way high and very few people are complaining about the odor! This Drug War has caused us to bend the constitution in favor of a police state where the authorities can enter our homes unannounced and use lethal force in their quest to prevent us from using marijuana. Then, if they fail to kill us, they can take whatever we own. It is clear to see now that the only danger to using marijuana is our insane laws and gun happy police. Amerika the beautiful. 14 billion dollars a year and counting… wonder how many kids we could feed, how many we could send to college if we had an extra 14 billion dollars a year to do that?

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