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article imageOp-Ed: One in ten working class adults die from booze abuse

By Robert Weller     Jun 26, 2014 in Health
Atlanta - There is no sign that the federal government will unban marijuana even as evidence grows of the deadliness of alcohol. Money likely will eventually level the playing field for the two drugs.
The Centers for Disease Control reported on Thursday that alcohol abuse causes one in ten deaths of working class adults in the United States. That makes it the fourth leading cause of preventable death.
At the same time, there is growing evidence that medical marijuana is valuable for treatment of many illnesses and injuries. The anti-marijuana industrial complex, and the drug cartels, are hard pressed to show any evidence that recreational marijuana is harmful.
Even with the New York Times and others hyping two deaths in Colorado since recreational marijuana was legalized last year, the nation can see the emperor is naked.
But there is plenty of evidence of the harm from alcohol. "Excessive drinking accounted for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States. AAD rates vary across states, but excessive drinking remains a leading cause of premature mortality nationwide,” said the CDC report.
Colorado and Washington are the only two states that have made possession of recreational marijuana legal under state law. It remains illegal under federal law. So far, the best the administration of President Obama has come up with is to urge prosecutors to back off from enforcing the federal law.
The CDC estimated excessive drinking cost the US $223 billion in 2006 alone or $766 for every person in America, including children. Perhaps because it is only roughly half of what the alcohol industry makes each year it is ignored.
Costs such as the militarization of the nation’s police forces are not figured into this analysis.
The drug war has been one of the main factors in making police think they need body armor and automatic weapons. Revenue from weed cannot be so easily quantified because the parallel market for it only is a fraction of what illegal drug sales make.
Colorado has seen only a soupcon of what it could produce in revenue, with the state’s governor predicting it could be easily be $134 million in taxes annually. Gov. John Hickenlooper [Unlink] should know, he became wealthy brewing beer.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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