In an article in the Huffington Post, former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper voices his views that marijuana is objectively safer than alcohol.
“In all my years on the streets, it was an extremely rare occasion to have a night go by without an alcohol-related incident. More often than not, there were multiple alcohol-related calls during a shift. I became accustomed to the pattern. If I was called to a part of town with a concentration of bars or to the local university, I could expect to be greeted by one or more drunks, flexing their “beer muscles,” either in the throes of a fight or looking to start one. Sadly, the same was often true when I received a domestic abuse call. More often than not, these conflicts — many having erupted into physical violence — were fueled by one or both participants having overindulged in alcohol.”
"…From my own work and the experiences of other members of the law enforcement community, it is abundantly clear that marijuana is rarely, if ever, the cause of harmfully disruptive or violent behaviour. In fact, I would go so far as to say that marijuana use often helps to tamp down tensions where they otherwise might exist."
In the article he also comments on the recently published book ‘Marijuana is Safer’, in which the US government’s countless lies and false anti-cannabis propaganda are exposed. Given the growing number of US citizens becoming aware of the lost war on drugs and the continued support for medical use, legalization seems inevitable.