Survey Says: Majority View Marijuana Safer than Alcohol

The TDR Three Key Takeaways regarding Marijuana Safer than Alcohol:

  1. Poll indicates Americans now view marijuana as safer than alcohol.
  2. Marijuana viewed as safer by a majority, influencing policy changes.
  3. Growing acceptance of marijuana’s safety to impact societal norms.

A poll this week has revealed a shifting perception among Americans regarding the safety of marijuana compared to alcohol and tobacco. This shift mirrors personal observations from family discussions where alcohol’s risks and benefits are weighed without demonizing it or glorification. It appears that the younger generation, including my family, view cannabis as significantly less hazardous than alcohol. This perspective is supported by data suggesting a growing consensus on the relative safety of these substances.

According to a survey released this week by YouGov, a majority of Americans now consider marijuana to be safer than both alcohol and tobacco. The survey, which involved a diverse demographic cross-section, indicates a significant change in public opinion. Historically, alcohol and tobacco have been deeply ingrained in American culture, but this new data suggests a societal shift towards favoring cannabis, possibly due to its perceived lesser health risks and the increasing number of states legalizing its use for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Further supporting this trend, the study showed where three in five Americans view marijuana safer than alcohol. The study suggests that this perception could be influencing public policies and attitudes towards marijuana legalization and regulation. As more states move towards legalizing cannabis, it’s important to consider how these changes might impact public health, safety, and social norms around substance use.

This growing acceptance of marijuana being safer than alcohol and tobacco does not diminish the importance of responsible usage and understanding the potential risks associated with any substance. It highlights, however, a significant shift in public opinion that could shape future legislative and societal norms. The discussion around these substances is evolving, as evidenced by both the poll results and conversations within families about the risks and benefits of alcohol versus cannabis. Want to keep up to date with all of TDR’s research and news, subscribe to our daily Baked In newsletter.

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