Is Marijuana More Dangerous Than Alcohol?

 – January 20, 2014  –– 

Physicians and drug policy groups are sharply at odds over President Obama's statement to a magazine that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer." Obama's interview with The New Yorker will appear January 27. In it he said that while he considers marijuana "a bad habit and a vice," a waste of time and not very healthy, he doesn't think it's more dangerous than alcohol. The president is obviously "not familiar with the science and frankly doesn't know what he's talking about," said Stuart Gitlow, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Gitlow directs the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictive Disease at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "There's no benefit to marijuana," said Dr. Gitlow. "It's simply that people want the freedom to be stoned. That's all it is. And there's a great deal of risk."
-Dr. Stuart Gitlow, Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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