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A Quarter of American Beer Drinkers Say They’re Switching to Pot

New research shows that 27 percent of American beer drinkers in states where it’s legal are now buying pot rather than beer — or would buy cannabis if it were legal in their states, according to Time. The study is a result of a survey of 40,000 Americans.

While alcohol consumption comes with its own set of health problems, I personally believe there are many nefits of taking cannabis therapeutically. If you’re talking about the psychoactive effects of marijuana, it helps to know that these effects are only related to the heating of the plant, and even then, they're temporary and largely self-limiting.

The same cannot be said for opioids, which have overtaken cigarettes in popularity and kill tens of thousands of users each year, even when taken as prescribed. It’s no secret that this epidemic has led to a massive heroin addiction, as addicts seek replacements for opioids when they can’t get them or can’t afford them.

The opioid addiction is directly related to Pharma’s lies to patients seeking help for chronic pain, with more Americans now using prescription opioids than those who smoke cigarettes. Unfortunately, for the majority Americans, medical marijuana is not an option, as cannabis remains illegal at the federal level and is considered by the Drug Enforcement Agency a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroine, LSD and ecstasy — even though 60 percent of Americans and 76 percent of physicians support full legalization of it.

The worst effect marijuana can have on us is a hazy or slightly catatonic feeling, according to current research. But the plant remains far less addictive than alcohol, cocaine, heroin and cigarettes — and deserves to be taken off the Schedule 1 list and made available to Americans who need or want it.
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