Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say

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New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead

FromWashington PostFeb 23, 2015

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.

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