Marijuana ‘Infinitely Worse’ Than Tobacco, Says Canadian PM Harper

There's just overwhelming and growing scientific and medical evidence about the bad long-term effects of marijuana,”he said, without backing his claims with any examples.

CANADA: The debate over legal marijuana usage in Canada has become one of key issues in the federal election, pitting Liberal leader Justin Trudeau against the Conservative Stephen Harper, who has challenged his opponent’s pro-legalization stance claiming marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco. “Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is Read the full article…

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

COLORADO: No state has ever generated more tax revenue from marijuana than alcohol—until now. The Colorado Department of Revenue, according to recently released figures, just brought in $70 million in taxes relating to marijuana, compared to less than $42 million for alcohol taxes, over the course of a year. This Wednesday, Colorado is declaring a marijuana Read the full article…

New DEA Chief: ‘Heroin Is Clearly More Dangerous Than Marijuana’

"What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it's not,"

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin. DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told reporters Wednesday morning at the administration’s headquarters that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” clarifying a less definitive statement he made last week, when he said marijuana is “probably not” as dangerous as Read the full article…

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He blogs on health research and policy at The Incidental Economist, and you can follow him on Twitter at @aaronecarroll. NEW YORK:  As my children, and my friends’ children, are getting older, a question that comes up again and again from friends is Read the full article…

Legalization Battles: Alcohol Defines The Politics Of Marijuana

Legalizing marijuana in Colorado in 2012 bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

MAINE:  When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol. Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana-related elections throughout the country, Read the full article…

Comparing Adverse Effects of Marijuana, Alcohol

“The paucity of research is of particular public health concern as alcohol and marijuana are the two most commonly used psychoactive substances among adolescents,” said Joseph J. Palamar, Ph.D., M.P.H.

NEW YORK: The emerging debate about whether marijuana is “safer” than other substances has led to a new study documenting how alcohol and marijuana use impacts the psychosocial well-being of high school seniors. Researchers affiliated with New York University published the study online ahead of print in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Investigators analyzed Read the full article…

These 5 Pro-Marijuana Billboards Are Set To Surround The Super Bowl

One of five billboards advocating the use of marijuana, and, in some cases, attacking football just miles from the game’s biggest stage.

NEW JERSEY:  The freeways surrounding MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. are about to be plastered with five billboards advocating the use of marijuana, and, in some cases, attacking football just miles from the game’s biggest stage. Washington and Colorado are the only two states to have legalized marijuana, so the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization Read the full article…

Bill Maher: Pot ‘Way Less Dangerous’

Maher, who has been vocal about his use and support for the legalization of marijuana, cited statistics of those who have died from alcohol abuse and prescription drug overdoses, but added there has not been one recorded instance of “marijuana overdose.”

CALIFORNIA:  Liberal comic Bill Maher praised the president for his comments that marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol that were published this week in an interview with the New Yorker, but thinks he doesn’t go far enough in supporting legalization. “I just think it shows how out of whack we are with this issue because Read the full article…

Barack Obama Says Marijuana Is ‘No More Dangerous Than Alcohol’

When pressed on whether he felt marijuana was less harmful than alcohol, the President said he agreed it was less damaging “in terms of its impact on the individual customer”.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  As the marijuana legalization debate rages in the US, President Barack Obama has said he thinks cannabis use is “not very different from cigarettes” and no more dangerous than alcohol. Speaking in an interview with the New Yorker editor David Remnick, Mr Obama said that while “it’s not something I encourage”, those Read the full article…

Barack Obama Says Marijuana Is ‘No More Dangerous Than Alcohol’

When pressed on whether he felt marijuana was less harmful than alcohol, the President said he agreed it was less damaging “in terms of its impact on the individual customer”.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  As the marijuana legalization debate rages in the US, President Barack Obama has said he thinks cannabis use is “not very different from cigarettes” and no more dangerous than alcohol. Speaking in an interview with the New Yorker editor David Remnick, Mr Obama said that while “it’s not something I encourage”, those Read the full article…