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Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Might public health be significantly improved by marijuana legalization?"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy has this post excerpting an op-ed at Forbes. Berman's comment, in part:

Notably, this commentary and the research it emphasizes appears only to consider the public health benefits that could result from folks substituting marijuana use for alcohol use.  I have long thought that another possible public health benefit could flow from marijuana legalization if some heavy cigarette smokers end up smoking less in total because they sometimes substitute a few joints for a few packs of cigs.  Similarly, one might further speculate that there might be a positive "reverse gateway" effect from marijuana legalization with respect to other dangerous drug use and abuse: perhaps fewer folks will try using, or end up harmfully abusing, harder drugs like ecstasy and heroin and meth and oxycodone if they can get always get a cheap and legal buzz from marijuana.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2013/11/might-public-health-be-significantly-improved-by-marijuana-legalization.html

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