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The Wire: Obama Agrees Cannabis To Be Less Harmful Than Booze

obamaObama has publicly stated that the negative effects of the use of Cannabis are far less of those of Alcohol.  Although, in his words he believes it to also be a waste of time and bad for your health in general.

Consuming cannabis is less harmful to the individual than is drinking alcohol, President Barack Obama acknowledged this week in an interview with The New Yorker.

 

Responding to questions regarding the public’s growing support in favor of legalizing the plant, the President stated: “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice. … I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

 

When asked whether he believes cannabis to be less of a threat to public health than booze, the President replied affirmatively, stating that the plant poses fewer harms “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” However, he added: “It’s not something I encourage. … I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

 

According to a 2009 review published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal, the health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers of alcoholic beverages than they are for those who use cannabis, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers. Continue Reading…

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