If People Smoked Marijuana Instead Of Drinking Alcohol On St. Patrick’s Day, The World Would Be Safer
By Johnny Green
Source: The Weed Blog
It is a fact that a lot of people consume alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day. It is also a fact that drunk driving is a problem as a result. Below are some facts that I found doing simple Google searches.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “On St Patrick’s Day alone, 32 percent of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes were connected to drunk driving.”
According to the Northern Delaware County DUI Taskforce, “On St. Patrick’s Day in 2009, 37 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalities involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content of .08 grams per deciliter or above.”
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, “figures show that 13 people died in crashes on St. Patrick’s Day since 2007 and seven of those crashes involved a driver who’d been drinking.”
Drunk driving is not the only problem. Problems with domestic violence, sexual assault, and alcohol poisoning also rise on St. Patrick’s Day. Yet, alcohol consumption is not only legal on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s highly encouraged. You can go into any corner market or grocery store and you will no doubt see displays all over the alcohol section for St. Patrick’s Day. My local grocery store has even moved the decoration and green plastic cup display to the front of the store to encourage shoppers to purchase their binge drinking party gear.
I can buy as much alcohol as I want and drink it until I die and there’s nothing to stop me. Yet if I walked around town smoking a marijuana joint, causing no harm to no other person, I would likely get tackled by the army of police officers that are overseeing the St. Patrick Day parties at all the local watering holes. In my town, there are dozens of cops downtown during St. Patrick’s Day on foot, bicycles, motorcycles, and in vehicles. If everyone smoked marijuana instead of drinking alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, there would be no need for all of those police. People would be peaceful and would likely just stay home instead of being out driving.
Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol Facts Provide By S.A.F.E.R.
Alcohol use contributes to reckless behavior and serious injuries, and it is highly associated with emergency room visits, whereas marijuana use does not contribute to such behavior and injuries, and is seldomly associated with emergency room visits.