Obama attorney general nominee: alcohol is safer than marijuana
by Oscar Pascual |
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said all the right things at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, but she’s clearly wrong about marijuana.
During the hearing, Senator Jeff Sessions quoted the president from a 2014 New Yorker profile where Obama said marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.
On the cannabis question, Lynch will openly defy her boss.
“I certainly don’t hold that view and don’t agree with that view of marijuana as a substance,” Lynch said. “I think the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share.”
Lynch’s opinion is out of step with the majority of Americans who currently believe that alcohol is more harmful to both health and society, according to Pew Research Center.
The AG hopeful’s view is also in sharp contrast with hospital statistics proving marijuana causes fewer emergency room visits than other drugs, including alcohol.
If it’s traffic accidents Lynch is concerned about, highway fatalities in Colorado have hit near-historic lows since legalizing marijuana.
If it’s our brain health, studies show that alcohol is more strongly associated with IQ decline than pot.
If it’s saving lives, 300 people in California died last year from alcohol poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
And if all that isn’t enough to sway Lynch’s opinion, then she might want to personally experience the difference between smoking a bag of weed and drinking a whole bottle of Bacardi 151.