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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Alcohol vs. Marijuana


Imagine a world just like ours except that neither alcohol or marijuana had been discovered. Then consider what might happen if tomorrow, both were discovered. What would happen? Would alcohol still remain the drug of choice or would marijuana? There is evidence that suggests that the social costs of alcohol are far higher than those of marijuana, so one could imagine that in this imagined world, marijuana would emerge victorious. This thought experiment is the subject of the latest Freakonomics podcast ("What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?"). As with all Freakonomics podcasts, it can be downloaded from iTunes or you can listen to it at the Freakonomics website where you can also find the audio transcript.

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