Shaw: Recreational marijuana: I’m high on the idea

There’s no way we can justify banning marijuana, while alcohol is legal. Alcohol is much more dangerous. Alcohol is more damaging to the brain, and can cause major diseases, such as cirrhosis of the liver. No one has ever fatally overdosed from using pot, but many people have died from binge drinking. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur in the U.S. each year.

Also, while marijuana often makes people more relaxed, alcohol can make people more violent.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of all

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