Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the
United States. Alcohol causes violent behavior and deaths by liver
cirrhosis and alcohol poisoning. People die every day from overdoses of
heroin, cocaine, meth, and even legal prescription drugs. Nonetheless,
Rep. David Howard (R-Park City), Chairman of the Montana House Human
Services Committee, thinks marijuana — a substance that has never caused
an overdose fatality — is “the most dangerous drug there is.”
As you can see, marijuana (cannabis) is hardly the most dangerous and
pales in comparison to alcohol and tobacco, two drugs we’ve had success reducing teen use of lately without throwing tens of thousands of adults in jail.
UPDATE: Commenter Nathan Pierce points out that
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced Friday he will not appeal the
preliminary injunction. Patients and providers are not out of the woods
yet though. The constitutionality of Montana’s restrictive law will now
be the subject of a full trial, where Fox pledges to “vigorously
defend” the law.