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Pot, Booze or Both?

Which is more dangerous – marijuana or alcohol?

That is the crux of the matter in the vivid arguments all over Oregon and Washington – an argument that will be somewhat settled in November when the citizens vote on whether marijuana should be legalized.

Here in Oregon the measure goes a step further than in Washington. Over there marijuana will be sold in state-licensed stores. Here in Oregon people will be allowed to grow their own marijuana.

Paul Stanford is the “architect” of Oregon’s marijuana legalization initiative. He thinks that the government is practicing hypocrisy by allowing alcohol to be legal but not marijuana. He says that, "Marijuana by any measure is much safer.”

"To take this substance that's safer than alcohol and say it's illegal, and these other substances aren't, destroys the credibility of other valid warnings about the dangers of substance abuse," Stanford says.

Statistics do bear witness to the fact that thousands of people die every year in our state from alcohol-related diseases, whereas no one dies from using too much marijuana. There are also more people who die in highway accidents caused by DUI’s than those caused by drug usage.

But is this the case because of the nature of the elements or because marijuana is not used as widely as alcohol? Tom Parker of the Portland anti-substance abuse group called Lines for Life believes that an increase in weed usage will lead to an increase in problems. He asks people to imagine all the high school and college students freely using it because now they cannot get in trouble for it. He suggests we think about what it will do to their still-developing brain, and how many people will think, erroneously, that it’s okay for them to drive under its influence.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes decreased brain function from chronic use of marijuana and the American Society of Addiction Medicine finds it just as debilitating as alcohol.

Others such as politician Jim Grey don’t think this is the crux of the matter at all. Instead they see it as a way to end the illegal trafficking that often leads to violence and community expense. "Today you do not see Mexican drug cartels raising illegal vineyards in our national forests in competition with Robert Mondavi," he says. "They could, but there's no money in it. But today of course they're raising marijuana all the time."

If the measure passes in either state, it will be a groundbreaking situation that will be studied for its results. If it does pass, one can only hope that the results will not make things worse.


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