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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Although U.K.'s Prime Minister claims that the cannabis found on the street is of "lethal quality" and the White House is getting hysterical about the "dangers" of potent pot, the evidence refutes those claims. In fact alcohol and prescription drugs remain, by far, the deadliest substances. Cannabis, however, remains harmless.

Legal Drugs Kill Far More Than Illegal, Florida Says - "The Florida report analyzed 168,900 deaths statewide. Cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines caused 989 deaths, it found, while legal opioids — strong painkillers in brand-name drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin — caused 2,328.

Drugs with benzodiazepine, mainly depressants like Valium and Xanax, led to 743 deaths. Alcohol was the most commonly occurring drug, appearing in the bodies of 4,179 of the dead and judged the cause of death of 466 — fewer than cocaine (843) but more than methamphetamine (25) and marijuana (0)."