Study: Sales of alcohol down 15% in states with medical cannabis programs
Excerpted from The Washington Post:
- Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical cannabis laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.
- The study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that cannabis availability can reduce alcohol consumption. Because experts generally agree that, on balance, alcohol use is more harmful to individuals and society than marijuana use, this would represent a significant public health benefit of cannabis legalization.
- Unlike alcohol, cannabis has no known fatal dose — people don't die of cannabis poisoning. Relative to cannabis, alcohol is more addictive, far more likely to cause vehicle accidents, and much more closely linked to violent and aggressive behavior.
- In the United States, excessive alcohol use kills nearly 90,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.