Thankfully, we have several years worth of drug use data from the eight states that have already taken the legalization plunge. So instead of empty emotional appeals, what we have are testable hypotheses. Has legalization damaged young lives? Has it led to more driver deaths? Has it created more addicts? Has it led to increased public costs?
Omdahl begins by promoting a false equivalency between marijuana addiction and opioid, nicotine and alcohol addiction. In 2016, 54 people died of an opioid overdose in North Dakota and there were 161.5 opioid related hospitalizations per 100,000 people. Contrast that with marijuana