Aug 222013
 August 22, 2013

national institute on drug abuse marijuanaOn Monday, Politifact published the results of its research into the accuracy of MPP’s statement in a recent ad that marijuana is objectively safer than alcohol.

As expected, the statements in the ad were true (despite Politifact giving a strange conclusion as to why it was only mostly true). What was unexpected, however, was the response from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

“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,” wrote the institute. NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health, funds government-backed scientific research and has a stated mission “to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.”

MPP’s Mason Tvert had this to say:

“Our federal government has been exaggerating the harms of marijuana for decades, but at this point it has gone off the deep end,” Tvert told The Huffington Post. “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.”

“This is gross negligence on the agency’s part and should be addressed immediately by the White House,” Tvert continued. “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.”

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  • Lisa Carrillo

    They do not know how to tax it. MEDICINE, FUEL, FOOD, CLOTHING!!!!! It is known for its healing CBDs and CBNs. it is the FDA that wants YOU to be STUCK on pharmaceuticals that have side effects. I understand that sometimes they work, yet it is also made to be addictive. READ “SELLING SICKNESS” it reveals how the government is keeping NATURAL CURES UNDER WRAPS to fool us because they want POPULATION CONTROL!!

  • EphU

    I will extend a challenge to NIDA, DEA, Obama, Holder, FDA, and whomever else wishes to attend:

    I will smoke as much cannabis as I can. All day long – non stop and for as long as you want me to.
    You drink as much alcohol as you can. All day long – non stop.

    You will die of alcohol poisoning in about 72 hours (or wish you had) but dont worry, I will be there to carry your sorry butt to the emergency room. So tell me again how cannabis is just as dangerous as alcohol. Study over, I win azzholes.