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How Dangerous is Marijuana

....in comparison to other substances?

Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeaon Generals' reports. (figures are for 1988 from the federal government's Bureau of Mortality Statistics and the National Institute on Drug Abuse....

Tobacco                                    340,000 to 425,000
Alcohol (not including 50% of all highway deaths
          and 65% of all murders)                     150,000
Aspirin (Including deliberate overdose)         180 to 1,000+
Caffeine (from stress, ulcers and triggering
          irregular heartbeats, etc)          1,000 to 10,000
'Legal' Drug overdose (Deliberate or accidental)
          from legal prescribed or patent medicines
          or from mixing with alcohol (eg. Valium with
          Alcohol)                           14,000 to 27,000
Illicit Drug Overdose (deliberate or accidental)
          from all illegal drugs               3,800 to 5,200
Theopoline (Pharmaceutical Drug legally prescribed
          for asthma)                                      50
          Theopoline is also responsible for 6,500
          hospital admissions and 1,000 cases of
          permanent brain damage per year.
Marijuana                                           0  (ZERO)

Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana-using population as a whole. Crancer Study, UCLA: U.S. funded ($6 million) First and Second Jamaican studies, 1968 to 1974;Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al.
From "The Emperor Wear No Clothes" by Jack Herer


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