Marijuana no less toxic than alcohol? Federal agency takes heat for claim
Despite ample evidence to the contrary, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said that it 'cannot be substantiated' that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol.
By David Knowles / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Marijuana supporters are wondering what have the people at the The National Institute on Drug Abuse been smoking.
NIDA released a statement refuting a claim in a recent ad produced by the Marijuana Policy Project that described pot as being “less toxic” than alcohol.
"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," the agency, which is part of the National Institute of Health, wrote.
Not surprisingly, the Marijuana Policy Project quickly fired back, calling NIDA’s statement “preposterous.”
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports no marijuana-use-only deaths each year and there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history,” Mason Tvert, Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Daily News in an email. “It reports tens of thousands of people die from alcohol use alone each year and hundreds die from acute overdose.”
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