Proponents of marijuana have argued for years that the drug is
safer than alcohol, both to individuals and society. But a ballot
proposal to legalize possession of marijuana in small amounts in
Colorado, likely to be on the November ballot, is putting the two
intoxicants back into the same sentence, urging voters to “regulate
marijuana like alcohol,” as the ballot proposition’s title puts it.
Given alcohol’s long and checkered history — the tens of thousands
of deaths each year; the social ravages of alcoholism — backers of the
pro-marijuana measure concede there is a risk of looking as if they have
cozied up too much, or are comparable, to old demon rum.
“Why add another vice, right?” said Mason Tvert, a co-director of
the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has led the
ballot drive. “But we’re not adding a vice — we’re providing an
The goal of legalization, Mr. Tvert added, is not to make access to
marijuana easier, but rather, “to make our communities safer by
regulating this substance, taking it out of the underground market,
controlling it and better keeping it away from young people."...
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