Bar Fight! The Booze Industry is Furious over Campaigns Saying Weed is Safer than Alcohol
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Booze lobbyists are becoming more and more pissed off at marijuana as legalization sweeps the country, the National Journal reported.
In the buildup to this weeks’ pot victory in Portland, Maine, the Marijuana Policy Project put up signs around the city which read: “I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it doesn't make me rowdy or reckless," and "I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it's less harmful to my body.”
In response, the alcohol lobby freaked out. Chris Thorne at the Beer Institute told National Journal that it’s a red herring to compare alcohol to pot.
"We believe it's misleading to compare marijuana to beer," he said, "Beer is distinctly different both as a product and an industry. Factually speaking beer has been a welcome part of American life for a long time. The vast majority drinks responsibly, so having caricatures won't really influence people,” he said.
However, according to Marijuana.com, the alcohol industry is merely "whining" because they fear competition from marijuana. According ot the site, it's actually the alcohol lobby that first began spending money and running campaigns to demonize recreational marijuana consumption.
Moreover, the Marijuana Project Policy argues that the premise is valid: excessive alcohol use is the third-leading life-style related cause of death.