Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
To say that cannabis should be treated like alcohol is something that many people in the cannabis industry would agree with, but at the same time, it’s not exactly an apt comparison.
Last week, the United Nations’ drug committee found that cannabis was a “relatively safe drug”, and when considering all of the studies that have looked at the social harms of alcohol, can the two drugs really be compared?
Especially when alcohol is a very real poison with little to no medical benefit that has widespread acceptance in mainstream society, while cannabis is still heavily stigmatized with potential medical benefits we are only beginning to understand.
When alcohol is used in medical settings, it’s mostly used as a disinfectant, and that kind of alcohol can make you go blind (and even kill you) if you drink too much of it. I’ve even heard doctors say that the only medicinal benefit that alcohol has is treating alcohol withdrawals! Talk about solving a problem that it created.
But at the end of the day, we still aren’t treating cannabis like alcohol, not even close, and not even with legalization right around the corner in Canada.
You can’t drink in public due to our open container laws, and in much the same way, many provincial cannabis regulations ban smoking or vaping cannabis in public (and you can even be arrested in some places for being too stoned- similar to public intoxication laws) anywhere that tobacco is currently prohibited.