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Why Do We Treat Alcohol and Marijuana so Differently in the United States?

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For a long time alcohol and marijuana have been treated so differently. One is socialably acceptable, the other has to be hidden and is taboo. But should it really be treated this way? It is almost like allowing someone to eat one spicy food, but not another because it might cause heart burn.

Granted both of these drugs will cause health issues if used enough. I am not suggesting that they are healthy or anything of the sort. But why allow one and not the other in todays world. As far as the smoking aspects tobacco is legal as well.

I would venture a guess that being under the influence of alcohol is significantly more dangerous to ones self and others, when compared to that of marijuana. I have heard of many individuals being killed by alcohol poisoning or drinking and driving. I haven’t heard much in the way of marijuana poisoning.


In todays world I see the fact that there is a large group of individuals who use marijuana on a regular basis. By decriminalizing it I would think the government could get some much needed tax revenues. If it were decriminalized it could make the aquisition and use more safer as well. People would not have to interact with street drug dealers and would be more able to use safer ways of ingestion.

Personally I have seen people get quite crazy and violent on alcohol. I have also seen many automobile accidents related to alcohol. I’m sure marijuana alters the mind, but why treat it so much differently than alcohol. When comparing alcohol and marijuana sometimes marijuana can appear to the softer of the two.

With decriminalization it could actually help the war on drugs here in the United States. This would allow them to focus on the harder drugs and make a distinction. In this day and age a person who uses marijuana is most likely exposed to these harder drugs when aquiring their product. Imagine if it were this way with alcohol. You go to the store to get some beer and the clerk tries to sell you X, Y, and Z as well. I believe that the government should really consider putting some realistic regulations on marijuana, as what they are doing now is not working they way they planned.

I would think that by re-evaluating how we look at this topic today, we can take a more efficient stance against hard drugs.

The Simple Truth About Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

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Driving under the influence of alcohol is a huge problem in this country, and those of us who do not reside beneath a rock are fully aware of that fact. What seems to get little or no attention in this country is the problem of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Smoking marijuana is known to impair perception, judgment, and the ability to concentrate. It can induce paranoia, hallucinations, and panic attacks. And yet for some reason, there is little fuss made about the dangers of smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car.

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

Why do we so strongly discourage the practice of drinking alcohol and driving? Well, the first huge reason is that drinking alcohol impairs judgment – much the same as smoking marijuana. As far as impaired ability to concentrate – it goes without saying that the ability to concentrate on the task at hand is at least slightly important when driving am automobile.

Smoking marijuana also affects the ability to react. If you have ever been high, or seen someone who is high, the lack of ability to react quickly to a situation can seem amusing. And it probably is amusing in the safety of a home. Unfortunately for those who choose to smoke marijuana and get behind the wheel of a car, reaction time is critical when it comes to driving an automobile.

Am I anti-marijuana? Nope. I do not smoke the drug myself, but if alcohol is legal (and I do enjoy the occasional margarita or three) then marijuana should also be legal. Many of the bad side effects are the same between alcohol and marijuana – impaired judgment, inability to concentrate, delayed reaction time – are the same.

In fact, if I had to choose one of the two drugs to be legal, I would probably lean towards marijuana simply because I have never seen a violent pothead and I have seen plenty of violent drunks.

But if the two drugs are going to be used – legally or otherwise – then the same rules of safety should be applied. In other words – don’t toke and drive. If you are going to smoke pot – have a designated driver, just as you would if you were going to drink alcohol.

And remember that the effects of marijuana take more than 24 hours to wear off, so do not feel that you are safe to blaze up and then drive a couple of hours later.

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