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

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Please take a few minutes to read this article and leave a comment if you have anything to contribute to a discussion.

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.

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