Speaking of Dazed and Confused, all right, all right, all right ...
The Dallas-based Safer Texas Campaign -- formed, in part, to "address increasing concerns that our laws prohibiting the marijuana market are sending a dangerous message to the public that alcohol is more acceptable than marijuana" -- has issued a bet this morning. Which is: If you can "disprove three statements of fact that demonstrate that marijuana is objectively and unquestionably safer than alcohol," they'll fork over $10K. Just like that. Here, for those too loaded to click the link, are those three statements:
1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol.
2. The health effects from long-term alcohol consumption cause tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. annually than the health effects from the long-term consumption of marijuana.
3. Violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by alcohol is far more prevalent in the U.S. than violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by marijuana only.
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Now, keep in mind: They're looking for "peer-reviewed studies or government statistics," not first-hand research. Still. There's always AT&T Park. Just ask for "Newy."