Sales of alcoholic drinks fell by 15% following the legalisation of medicinal dagga in a number of US states, according to researchers at the University of Connecticut.
Dagga is addictive, but less so than alcohol.
It’s also considerably less toxic and, unlike alcohol, has no known fatal dose.
Experts, generally, agree that alcohol use is, on balance, more harmful to individuals and society than dagga use and that it is far more closely linked to violent and aggressive behaviour.
If the results of this study can be replicated – in other words; if dagga and alcohol are substitutes – it bolsters the argument that legalisation of dagga would benefit public health.
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