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New Billboard: Marijuana Safer Than Alcohol - Think Before You Drink

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The organization said the goal of the billboard is to highlight the "relative safety" of marijuana compared to alcohol, while also making a statement to the people who will be drinking at upcoming beer and wine festivals.

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:26 am
OF COURSE MJ (one of humankind's oldest and best friends) is *way* less dangerous and detrimental than C2H5OH .. as anyone not affected by jimjams (delirium tremens) ought be aware of, in this herenow 'information age' !


Jay S (116)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:01 am
Marijuana is by no means 'healthy', there are studies showing how it harms the young brain etc, and one joint is equivalent to 6 to 7 cigarettes, BUT compared to alcohol, for those who need to use a mind altering drug to enjoy themselves, pot is the hands down best choice.

There was a news item a few years ago on Euronews that had them chuckling. Then the problem of the British soccer hooligans causing havoc and violence everywhere they went had a dramatic turn around when the went to play Amsterdam and filled the marijuana cafes instead of the bars. The result was a peaceful game with no violence or vandalism before or after. Proof of the different effects of these two drugs - one deadens the part of the brain regulating responsible behavior, the other calming aggression. That should be enough alone to outlaw alcohol and legalize pot - what a huge savings there would be in reduced violence, murder, child abuse, crime, emergency room admissions and fewer unwanted pregnancies and divorces.

Gillian M (218)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:19 am
Any form of drug is dangerous and your ability to drive whilst on drugs is severly impaired. It is an offence in the UK to drive whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

Marijuana is linked to mental health issues and the more modern variety is much stronger and more dangerous.

However, it does have one saving grace which we are not allowed to benefit from, it is a wonderful pain reliever for people in severe pain with conditions such as MS where normal pain relief does not work.

Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:45 am
I was addicted to the shite for 25 years or so, but what do I know...?

Ben O (171)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:47 am
What I mean is; -I was addicted to alcohol AND cannabis, but now I've been clean as a whistle for 21 years!

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:56 am
Noted, thanks.

Joan H (20)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:34 am
I wouldn't say that marijuana is safer than alcohol. They both can have long term effects on the body. The only difference that I see is marijuana does have medicinal properties compared to alcohol. But over the years it's being grown to have a more addictive quality, the thc in it is 7 times more than what is was back in the 70's, that was according to a doctor. Here's a link for more info on this:

Michela M (3964)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:06 am

. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:19 am
It is also a great relief to people who have insomnia.

Sandra T (8)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:48 am
I personally can't smoke the stuff, or eat it or vape it, as it turns me into a paranoid mess. That being said, I smoked a boatload of it as a teenager. It did a lot less harm to me than any of the other drugs I got into, including alcohol. I'd sooner live beside a pothead than a alcoholic, child abuser, Christian or Muslim. Do I believe smoking anything is good for anybody? No, and I'm a cigarette smoker. But when we live in societies where alcohol - a lethal substance - is completely legal and weed isn't, it's time to start giving our heads a bloody shake.

I'm all for legalizing weed worldwide. The so-called 'war on drugs' has cost obscene amounts of money, has overloaded prison systems everywhere, has resulted in stalling proper judicial systems, has led to more government & police corruption in the majority of countries, has caused wrongful & unnecessary executions, has resulted in more children in foster care, more children joining gangs because their parents are in prison, etc etc etc. Yet for all that wasted cash, we could be providing better social services, universal medical care, universal university education for those who want it, universal primary/high-school education for everybody around the world, clean water for all, worldwide solar/wind power, serious assistance for those who have been sexually abused by family, strangers & religious leaders, and the list goes on. And there'd still be billions left over. Governments worldwide have their priorities completely & totally effed up.

Glad to see signs like this going up & hope to see many more. Beats the hell out of the 'war on drugs' propaganda we've been listening to for bloody ages.

pam w (139)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:18 pm


"Legalizing" it means the government can regulate/tax it....and it's an HERB! Imagine the government telling me I can't grow a my to my basil, my cilantro and my tomatoes? RIDICULOUS!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:52 pm
Congratulations Ben!! That's awesome!!! Any time you get drugs or alcohol in the system and try and drive it is a bad combo!! Reaction time to any circumstance is definitely crimped!!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday April 1, 2013, 10:59 pm
I accept its medicinal use. I grew up in an age where all my friends smoked it and also took LSD. I never succumbed to it though, although I sometimes think that with my problematic childhood I should have...I guess I knew it was dangerous.

Glenn Byrnes (196)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:21 am
Noted. Thanks.

Mariah M (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 12:43 am
too true

Lynn D (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:45 am

Joseph Miller (23)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:50 am

Randall Redmon (1)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:55 am
smoking is bad for you anyway

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:29 am
I've got to agree! If people are going to indulge, which they WILL, I'd rather be around drivers on pot!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:35 am
Think before you act

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:47 am
noted, thanks Evelyn. interesting comments!!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:05 am
All things in moderation!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:22 am
Good looking billboard design. I like the message as well. Thank you.

berny p (23)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 10:37 am


Birgit W (160)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:38 pm
If it helps ill people that is fine with me.

Melania Padilla (122)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:57 pm
I think is true

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:02 pm
Noted. I love the billboard, too. MMJ is legal here in AZ and a few shops have opened around the state. Cancer patients have found great relief, as have those who suffer from MS, migraines and other symptoms. It's literally been a "lifesaver" for a great many. When cannabis is freely given, without charge, to those suffering....and it's taken off Schedule 1--I will then say we're on our way to winning the war against it.

Gerry W (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:06 pm
No drug is safe, smoking drugs will give you lung cancer the same as normal smoking. Drug or alcohol affected drivers kill thousands of people each day. Wake up you sick druggies.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:07 pm
I have seen people drunk on alcohol and high on Marijuana. I always avoid both.

Donna G (42)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:33 pm
Washington state voters voted to legalize marijuana, not just decriminalize it. But, there is still no place that it can legally be used. It can't be used near schools, HUD housing, military bases, any place that gets federal funding, which eliminates a lot of places. Somewhere I read that the limit was within 1000 feet of any of the places mentioned. Which basically means that my neighbors who do not live in HUD housing would not be able to use marijuana because they live too close to a housing complex which is. The effects of marijuana stay in the body for much longer periods than the effects of alcohol.


Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:37 pm
The problem with over use of mj is that one does not process sorrow and trauma properly- that is, empty the mind of bad things and move on. It's very depressing for user eventually, but for the user's loved ones it's even worse as the addict becomes so introspective that they become emotionally detached and unavailable. This is especially bad for the children. I am not anti any casual use of drugs and have had many a fabulous time on all sorts, I also have seen the results from 'legal' drugs used to treat depression etc, sad to say, the effects seem to be worse than the condition they were prescribed for.

SusanAWAY A (219)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:04 pm
Noted and shared. Marijuana is not addictive, but alcohol is extremely addictive.

Lloyd H (46)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 10:31 pm
You can thank good old Tricky Dicky, in 1972 he began the long lie about pot. From the Shafer Commission Report, aka The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, "Neither the marijuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to the public safety...." Nixon went ballistic because not only were 'all of those pushing for legalization Jews they were homosexuals' paraphrasing the now released Nixon Library Tapes. And then of course publication of the actual report was banned in the USA and copies had to be obtained in Europe. 1972 was my freshman year in college at Gonzaga, and the friends I hung out with would light up and read from the thing for laughs, one copy came from a friend whose father was an Ambassador in South America and the other from a veteran with a 4 Star General father. Nixon wanted a war on drugs to look tough on crime and that was that. Too bad that the Drug Alcohol causes FAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, it causes more deaths directly and indirectly in the USA than anything else including heroin, cigarettes, Cancer or heart attacks. It cost the US economy more than any other drug or disease, through death, accidents, missed work, car accidents, spouse and child abuse, murders, suicides and one thing they love to never mention you have a 5X greater chance in alcohol detox than detox from any other drug.. The only reason that the regulation status of the two are not reversed is the plain simple and disgusting fact that Alcohol id the DRUG OF CHOICE for those who write the laws, investigate and enforce the laws, prosecute crimes and sit on the Judaical benches of America. And the only reason that Alcoholism is "called" a disease is because doctors, lawyer, judges, Senators, Representatives, et alia object to being labeled Junkies and Addicts. There is no scientific or medical reason that Pot is not as easy or easier to purchase and use than alcohol. As for the ignorant that whine about the increased potency of pot I would suggest that they consider two things, Moonshine/Everclear and the rise of prescription drugs as the high of choice among Americans of all ages. Consider also that the only thing that makes Pot a Gate Way Drug is its illegality that makes the sellers of pot also the sellers of more dangerous drugs, not the pot itself.

reft h (66)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:46 pm
I'm all for it for health reasons, but nobody should be using any sort of "drug" or alcohol while driving. Now all we need is some pothead texting while driving. Not a pretty picture. I can't see where breathing in any sort of smoke is good for the lungs, how about a tincture? Haven't seen it that way yet.

Sue Clayton (8)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:50 pm
Even smoking cigarettes is way safer than drinking too much alcohol and I HAVE researched this. The stuff that comes from a car's exhaust is way more dangerous than the smoke from someone else's cigarette, which would you rather be locked in garage with? Car with engine running or someone smoking? MJ is the BEST painkiller I've ever used and I was 50 with a brain tumor when I first tried it. MJ has lots of medicinal benefits but like anything else, over use (abuse) is dangerous.

Devon Leonar (54)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 2:15 am
MJ by its self is very mellow, healing, and relaxing, and has many benefits. As in everything moderation is a key.

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 12:06 pm
How about neither. Can you have fun and enjoyment without either on? I think you can.

Patricia R (13)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 12:43 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:05 am
Weed Wins the War on Drugs

Reminder: Motherís Marijuana Use Appears to Drastically Reduce Infant Mortality

'In an eye-opening study examining thousands of infants, it was found that those which tested positive for cannabis had a huge decrease in their likelihood of mortality.

In the study, babies which were drug-negative saw an average mortality rate of 15.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. For cocaine and opiate-positive babies, the numbers were slightly higher.

Those that tested positive for cannabis? The average death rate per 1,000 live births was 8.9 Ė a 44% decrease. This even included those who were cannabis positive, but also positive with cocaine or opiates.

Even more drastic, and further indicative that the results arenít coincidental, was that of the babies who tested positive for only cannabis, and no other substance (335 babies total), not a single one died. Literally a 0% mortality rate.'


Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:11 am
Worth repeating: National Cancer Institute says pot fights cancer!


Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:13 am
CA scientists prove marijuana fights aggressive cancers, human trials soon (Video)

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:14 am

"'If this plant were discovered in the Amazon today, scientists would be falling all over each other to be the first to bring it to market,' said Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of oncology at the University of California San Francisco, which has also found science behind marijuana's efficacy."

Marijuana advocates have suspected these truths for decades but have found themselves widely shunned or ignored by U.S. lawmakers.

Dr. T.G. stated, "In light of emerging evidence and millions of patients who've received benefit from cannabis, there is no logical reason to avoid a federal reversal of prohibition."
It may irritate politicians and prohibitionists nationwide, but it turns out the potheads of the world were right all along...

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 6, 2013, 10:18 am
A Video From Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Goes Viral

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:31 pm
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