Anti-marijuana folks credit legalization to alcohol-related deaths

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Since marijuana legalization began happening in the United States, the narrative spewing from the mouths of advocates has been one suggesting that the demise of prohibition has been great for the American condition. Many of them hang on research suggesting that pot can help reduce alcoholism. However, anti-drug warriors are convinced that marijuana legalization is connected to an increase in alcohol-related deaths. It’s a potential threat to public health that they fear could consume more of the population as marijuana legalization continues to spread nationwide. A  new study from Well Being Trust shows that Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, has experienced a 13% increase in alcohol-related deaths over the past couple of years. Researchers believe there are several reasons this has occurred, most of which are connected to how alcohol has been intertwined in the American culture. “With alcohol, it’s something that we have socialized and normalized a bit more in our society than we have other aspects of our mental health,” explained Dr. Ben Miller in an  interview  with The Denver Channel. “We’re not likely to talk about heroin as much as we are to talk about bourbon.” That’s true. Drinking THC: What To Know Before You Try U.K. man ran illicit dispensary importing and selling Canadian weed Could the ‘spirit molecule’ be a treatment option for stroke? Despite the popularity of alcohol and the relaxed attitude toward its consumption, the drug is responsible for killing around 90,000 Americans every year. Yet, we live in a time when drinking is attached to nearly every social function known to man — from after-work festivities to sporting events — and no one really seems to consider that they might be doing themselves harm. Drinking typically starts at a very young age, too, which is  statistically…

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