The hypocrisy around the laws for cannabis compared to alcohol is astounding. It comes down to fear from decades of reefer madness style propaganda. Let me give you this statistic to blow your mind on just how hypocritical these laws are:
Deaths from Alcohol worldwide: 3 million
Deaths from cannabis: 0
That’s right, there’s no lethal dose of cannabis. You literally can’t overdose and die from cannabis but you can from alcohol. People will then argue-but we don’t know the long term effects! There’s literally thousands of scientific studies from around the world looking at the long term effects of cannabis and while it’s not perfectly safe for everyone, there’s no conclusive evidence that there’s any serious long term effects. Regardless, we do know the long term effects of alcohol and it’s not good but because it’s so normalized in society, people don’t take it seriously.
Alcohol is killing kids
Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Also from the CDC- drinking by minors under the age of 21 (in the United States) is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking. However as you can see from the above image, that’s my son standing in front of a bus ad for beer, right around the corner was a bus ad for whiskey. If it’s illegal for minors to drink because it’s too dangerous for them, why are liquor companies allowed to advertise to kids?
A few of the highly restrictive laws around cannabis for a comparison:
No minors are allowed into a cannabis store, even with an adult.
Minors are allowed into a liquor store if accompanied with an adult.
Cannabis can’t be advertised to minors, cannabis stores must have frosted glass to be hidden from view
Alcohol has no such restrictions
Packaging for cannabis must have warning labels
There’s no warning labels for alcohol
We need fair laws
The laws for cannabis were made to prevent not only minors from accessing it, but everyone else as well. The laws are discriminatory and many people need cannabis to manage an illness, so it’s necessary for their health. As a stay at home mom I run errands all day with my son, one of those errands might be grabbing a bottle of wine and a tincture of CBD oil. I can bring my son with me to buy the wine but I have to find someone to watch my son before I can buy my CBD. Buying online isn’t good for many people either, for example the shipping cost adds about $8 to your order and I don’t want to pay that when I can easily walk into a local store and buy one.
Considering that alcohol is a more dangerous substance than cannabis, why can’t I shop in a cannabis store with my kids, when I can take my kids into a liquor store? Why does cannabis have to be hidden from view but alcohol can be advertised to my kids at a bus stop? I don’t want cannabis advertised to minors at a bus stop either, but I do want to be able to take my son with me into a cannabis store. We need reasonable laws for cannabis, the current laws for cannabis are miles from reasonable.