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Why Yes To Alcohol But No To Cannabis?


While alcohol influenced the death of more than 200,000 people in 2019 and is a legalized drug, cannabis did not kill anyone and is illegal.

In 2019, there were 452,000 deaths linked to drug use, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, 19.1% were caused by opiates, 1.9% by cocaine, 1.2% by amphetamines, and 9.6% by other substances. In turn, 44.5% of all of them (more than 200,000 dead) were due to either cirrhosis or liver cancer, both of which were mostly related to alcohol abuse. The rest of the mortality related to drug use was due to HIV / AIDS or self-harm.

Cannabis Consumption Statistics

As we see, no death is directly or indirectly attributable to the consumption of cannabis. And not because the popularity of this drug is a minority in our societies: in fact, it is the most widely consumed illegal substance throughout the planet. In 2019 alone, 192.2 million people – 3.9% of the world population between 15 and 64 years old – used cannabis; in contrast, 34.3 million people (0.7% of the global population between 15 and 64 years) consumed opiates; 34.2 million took amphetamines (0.7%), and 18.2 million used cocaine (0.4%).

Cannabis leaf

Alcohol Risks

At first glance, it should be striking that a drug such as alcohol, indirectly responsible for 44.5% of total deaths from the use of this type of substance, is legal in almost any of its uses; or that many opiates, directly responsible for 19% of all drug deaths, are legally accessible by prescription despite the significant risks involved, and yet cannabis, whose death rate is virtually nil, remains illegal in both its medicinal and recreational use in many Western legal systems.

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Cannabis Risks

There is not the slightest coherence behind such legal differentiation except perhaps one: that alcohol is a drug that the vast majority of society has already integrated in one way or another into their lives and that therefore already enjoys a large degree of social acceptance, while cannabis, despite being the most widely consumed illegal substance, is still relatively minor and, consequently, continues to be covered by a certain prohibitionist social taboo.

Penalize Alcohol Consumption

But, leaving aside such prejudiced arbitrariness, there are only two coherent positions on this issue: the first would be to penalize alcohol consumption – even reaching its prohibition – in order to provide it with a legal status analogous to that of another drug, such as cannabis, it is appreciably less dangerous; the second, to decriminalize cannabis to legally equate it to another substance that, like alcohol, has already been decriminalized and is notably more dangerous. The liberal position, of course, is to decriminalize cannabis: Namely, so that each of us can do with our own body what we want as long as we do not violate the rights of others. For a long time, however, the world seemed to be moving in a totally opposite direction from a liberal: the state war on drugs was relentless and, in any case, the political objective was to restrict the use of more and more substances – including tobacco and alcohol— not that of decriminalizing that of at least some of them.


Little by little, then, freedom in the matter of psychoactive substances is making its way. Each of us must have the last word on our bodies, not the politicians at the head of paternalistic and liberticidal states.

The Medicinal Power Of Marijuana

Its use grows, and affirmations about the medical properties of this plant proliferate. Today science begins to reveal some of the hidden secrets of marijuana and its possible therapeutic use.

Hemp is nothing new; in fact, it has accompanied humanity almost forever. In Siberia, charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3,000 BC. The Chinese already used cannabis for medicinal purposes thousands of years ago, and the plant also has a long history in America, where George Washington himself grew it in his Mount Vernon estate.

An underground plant

From then on, and for almost seven decades, the plant was confined to secrecy, and medical research was practically paralyzed. In 1970, the United States Federal Government further hindered its study by including it in Section I of its drug classification, which lists dangerous substances, without any medical use, and with a high potential for addiction, such as heroin. In the United States, any researcher who wanted to expand cannabis knowledge became, by definition, a criminal.

Simply, there is more and more grass around us, and each time we are less surprised to perceive its unmistakable smell in the air. Yes, it is true that smoking marijuana can cause momentary fits of silly laughter, a propensity to withdraw into a most trivial situation, amnesia from what happened two seconds before, or an irrepressible desire to eat cheese hooks. And although no case of overdose death has been documented, marijuana – and in particular the most potent varieties recently developed – is also a powerful drug that, in some circumstances, is detrimental to health.

However, for many, cannabis has become a balm to relieve pain, induce sleep, stimulate appetite, and dampen the bumps that life sometimes gives. Its advocates claim that it greatly reduces stress. It can also be useful, among other things, as a pain reliever, antiemetic, bronchodilator, and anti-inflammatory. In the opinion of some scientists, the compounds present in the plant can help regulate vital functions, in addition to protecting the brain from both physical and emotional trauma, strengthening the immune system and contributing to the “extinction of memories” after catastrophic events.

Will Covid-19 Delay Or Increase The Legalization Of Cannabis?

In several states around the USA and the world have declared that dispensaries are essential services, while others say that only medical dispensaries can remain open.

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the world and has caused state officials to make some interesting decisions regarding marijuana dispensaries. California has said that cannabis is an “essential item or service” and that dispensaries can remain open. In Massachusetts, Governor Baker said that medical marijuana dispensaries could remain open as essentials, but all recreational sales must stop, and recreational dispensaries should only close.

Selling alcoholic beverages is okay for adults over 21, Cannabis sales are prohibited unless you have a medical card. Could that decision have been reduced to liquor and alcohol unions versus cannabis unions?

Will the coronavirus epidemic slow down the state and possible future federal legalization in a year or two as the world solves these most pressing problems?

 Most people feel that legalizing marijuana is a minor league problem or issue since 38 states already have at least one medical marijuana program. Most minor problems will be delayed by up to a year or two as the country prepares for the coronavirus spikes and the next recession the US is facing. The USA After the coronavirus peak.

Billion-dollar financing laws are being discussed to keep the world out of not only a recession but also depression. In this sense, the world is absolutely right; the economic pressure and the life or death health decision will take precedence over the legalization of marijuana. While medicinal cannabis helps millions with a variety of conditions, it is not considered essential in the fight against the virus. States that have allowed clinics to remain open are doing so to help people manage OTHER medical conditions, in addition to the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

While the pandemic will delay legalization, the recovery may actually fuel legalization for the United States. How can the pandemic at one point postpone all non-core business, like the impeachment of Trump and cannabis, and at another, help legalize the plant?

Cannabis legalization could be part of rebuilding world economies is beneficial to people and politicians.…