As recreational cannabis continues to challenge the status quo in states across the country, mounting research points to the outmodedness of the 1986 U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Mark Kleiman, professor of drug policy at NYU, quickly points out that reforming said legislation is only part of the picture. Reducing the attendant harms of underground markets and their supply chains will require more than just reclassification and decriminalization.
By MATT FERNER | February 25, 2015
Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be a more reasonable approach than current prohibitions.
Those are the findings of a new report published in Scientific Reports that compares the lethality of the recreational use of 10 common drugs, including marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, diazepam, amphetamine and methadone.