President Obama said in an interview with The New Yorker magazine that he doesn’t think pot is any more dangerous than alcohol. He does think it’s a bad habit and a vice.
With pot already legal in two states (Colorado and Washington), I wonder: Would you be more upset if you caught your teen smoking pot or drinking?
Here’s what some experts said in a USA Today story about which substance is worse: pot or alcohol.
“A frequent argument is that marijuana is safer because users “don’t drop dead immediately, while you can overdose and die from ingesting alcohol,” said Gitlow. But “nobody dies immediately from smoking cigarettes, either,” he said. That doesn’t make them any less dangerous….Gitlow cites studies showing marijuana use can cause loss of productivity and, in heavy users, lowered IQs. In about 1% of heavy users it can induce psychosis, he said….”
“Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington D.C., points to a World Health Organization study on the health and societal consequences of marijuana compared with alcohol, nicotine and opiates.”
“The report found that the risks associated with marijuana are small to moderate in size and that it is less likely to produce public health problems on the scale of those caused by alcohol and tobacco.”
“Alcohol is more of a social problem because it makes some people belligerent and dangerous. “Everyone knows that person who has a few drinks and gets out of control and hurts themselves or others. When people think of marijuana users, they think of someone who is a little mellower and not causing serious problems,” said Tvert.”
So what do you think: Is alcohol more dangerous than pot or vice versa? Which would be more upsetting to find your teen partaking in? How would you feel if pot were legal? Would that affect your opinion about use of the substance?