(Las Vegas, NV) – The Marijuana Policy Project of Nevada (http://www.mppnv.org) announced on Wednesday that it will pay $10,000 to any Nevadan who can disprove three statements of fact which they say demonstrate that marijuana is objectively and unquestionably safer than alcohol.
MPP-NV manager Dave Schwartz made the announcement at a press conference outside the emergency room entrance of University Medical Center Hospital in Las Vegas. The challenge, Schwartz said, is being used to kick off a long-term public education campaign regarding the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol, and the harm caused by marijuana prohibition.
To receive the $10,000 award, Nevada residents must provide peer-reviewed studies or government statistics which contradict each of three statements.
1. Alcohol is significantly more toxic than marijuana, making death by overdose far more likely with alcohol.
2. The health effects from long-term alcohol consumption cause tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. annually than the health effects from the long-term consumption of marijuana.
3. Violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by alcohol is far more prevalent in the U.S. than violent crime committed by individuals intoxicated by marijuana only.
“We are confident that we won’t need to pay out this $10,000,” said Schwartz. “Marijuana is objectively and unquestionably less harmful than alcohol, as these three well-documented statements show. As we consider whether to reform our marijuana laws, it is important that the people of Nevada understand these facts.”