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“The Most Dangerous Drug There Is”
by Friday
February 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM


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.”

That’s right folks, it’s 2013 and reefer madness is still alive and well in big sky country. Fortunately, science is still alive and well too and begs to differ with Rep. Howard. Here’s what a study published in Britain’s most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, had to say about the relative harms of various popular intoxicants:

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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.

Unsurprisingly, Howard’s committee blocked four bills that would have rolled back recently passed restrictions on Montana’s medical marijuana law. For now, despite Rep. Howard’s obfuscation, a judge has issued an injunction preventing the worst parts of that law from taking effect. Patients in Montana are awaiting the state attorney general’s decision as to whether or not to appeal that ruling.

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.

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  • LindaClement
    February 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Interesting that car crashes are not on the list of 'preventable' deaths.

    Cause Number of deaths resulting (millions per year)

    Hypertension 7.8

    Smoking tobacco 5.0

    High cholesterol 3.9

    Malnutrition 3.8

    Sexually transmitted diseases 3.0

    Poor diet 2.8

    Overweight and obesity 2.5

    Physical inactivity 2.0

    Alcohol 1.9

    Indoor air pollution from solid fuels 1.8

    Unsafe water and poor sanitation 1.6


  • TranquilMind
    February 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

  • glitterteaz
    February 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    no shock

  • Friday
    by Friday
    February 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.

  • LindaClement
    February 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I love how few people have noticed that if mj become legal, it will simultaneously become a FOR PROFIT industry. Taxes, employment, stocks... lobby groups...

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.


  • furbabymum
    February 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

     Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-lkeehol!

  • Friday
    by Friday
    February 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM


    Quoting LindaClement:

    I love how few people have noticed that if mj become legal, it will simultaneously become a FOR PROFIT industry. Taxes, employment, stocks... lobby groups...

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.


    Who hasn't noticed? All the legalization advocates I know are quite aware of that and have no problem with it. Or with profits in general, it's when those profits are used to manipulate the govt in the business or industry's favor, that we take issue. There are already lobbying groups, don't have a problem with that just the money that changes hands to support lies and bs like the op. If I learned that NORML or MPP were lying or bribing, I'd take issue with that too.

  • LindaClement
    February 20, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    The people who have to 'protect their corporate donors'... are who have not noticed.

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting LindaClement:

    I love how few people have noticed that if mj become legal, it will simultaneously become a FOR PROFIT industry. Taxes, employment, stocks... lobby groups...

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.


    Who hasn't noticed? All the legalization advocates I know are quite aware of that and have no problem with it. Or with profits in general, it's when those profits are used to manipulate the govt in the business or industry's favor, that we take issue. There are already lobbying groups, don't have a problem with that just the money that changes hands to support lies and bs like the op. If I learned that NORML or MPP were lying or bribing, I'd take issue with that too.


  • Friday
    by Friday
    February 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM


    Quoting LindaClement:

    The people who have to 'protect their corporate donors'... are who have not noticed.

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting LindaClement:

    I love how few people have noticed that if mj become legal, it will simultaneously become a FOR PROFIT industry. Taxes, employment, stocks... lobby groups...

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.

    Otherwise, I got nothin'

    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.


    Who hasn't noticed? All the legalization advocates I know are quite aware of that and have no problem with it. Or with profits in general, it's when those profits are used to manipulate the govt in the business or industry's favor, that we take issue. There are already lobbying groups, don't have a problem with that just the money that changes hands to support lies and bs like the op. If I learned that NORML or MPP were lying or bribing, I'd take issue with that too.


    I suppose the legalization lobbys are being out-bid by the others.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    February 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM
    You're probably right !

    Quoting LindaClement:

    I love how few people have noticed that if mj become legal, it will simultaneously become a FOR PROFIT industry. Taxes, employment, stocks... lobby groups...

    Quoting Friday:


    Quoting TranquilMind:

    He must be arguing this on the basis of it causing the most harm to health, since it is the most widely used.


    Otherwise, I got nothin'


    The failing and miserable government is all about deflection to nonissues (or minor issues in the scheme of things) in order to prevent the true evils it is perpetrating from being examined.  Americans are dumb enough to fall for it, in the main. 

    Perhaps but I have yet to see any evidence that is the case.

    They have to protect their corporate donors, many of whom could lose money if mj were legal and easily accessible. Pharma, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, Prison-Industrial...and more. They pay our politicians handsomely to protect their interests. And, you are right, BS like this keeps many from seeing what they are really up to in our legislatures.


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