February 25, 2015
New research has found that marijuana is far safer than alcohol and many other recreational drugs – a tally mark for team marijuana legalization.
“The low risk of cannabis use suggests government should use 'a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach' to manage the substance, the researchers write.” – The Huffington Post
Alcohol was found to be the deadliest substance of all, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy and meth, the study found.
All the way at the bottom of the list is cannabis, which is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to the findings.
The fact that marijuana was found to be a lower risk compared with the other drugs isn't too surprising, according to The Huffington Post article, which points to similar research that’s found marijuana is a substantially safer recreational drug than many others.
What is surprising, however, is the lethal risk of alcohol - found to be potentially more deadly than heroin.
Many world governments, including the United States, tend to have more restrictive policies around drugs such as marijuana than they do for alcohol and tobacco. The researchers note that their results confirm that the risk of cannabis "may have been overestimated in the past" and that the risk of alcohol "may have been commonly underestimated."
Click here to read the full Huffington Post article regarding the study.