"Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possess their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual," says NIDA.
To PolitiFact who did their scientific homework, and the rest of the world that knows differently, this blanket statement is just perpetuating the myth from the 1920s that tells everyone that the government is either unwilling to do their own homework or unwilling to admit that they have been wrongly hiding a drug that has amazing medicinal purposes. Even Sanjay Gupta, a leading health expert, has changed his tune and publicly apologized for his misleading assumptions and authority on medical marijuana.
Politifacts even took their investigation into NIDA's claim one step further and contacted the CDC and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistic about the toxicity of alcohol to marijuana and found that there have been zero reported marijuana related deaths ever, while alcohol has claimed 41,682 deaths in 2010 alone. PolitiFacts also mentioned a study done by Claremont Graduate University that tested the toxicity level of a wide variety of substances from heroin to cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana. In every single case, they found marijuana to be the lesser of evils. The only downside thus far to any of these studies is that there is still little evidence of what the long term effects of marijuana are.
Mason Tvert, the director of communications of The Marijjuana Policy Project, says;
"NIDA's statement that marijuana can be just as toxic as alcohol would be on par with the FDA announcing sushi is as fattening as fried chicken. It is one thing for our federal officials to convey their opposition to marijuana policy reform. It is an entirely different and more disturbing situation when they are conveying opposition to scientific evidence."
Do you think that NIDA should stop spreading their lies about marijuana and 'fess up to it's healing powers or should marijuana be labeled as toxic as alcohol?