Poll: Americans Believe That Alcohol Poses Greater Risks To Health Than Cannabis

Asbury Park, NJ: By a margin of three to one, Americans say that booze is more dangerous than is marijuana, according to a nationwide Rasmussen Reports poll.

Forty-six percent of respondents perceived alcohol to be more dangerous than marijuana, versus only 15 percent of respondents who said that cannabis is most dangerous. Thirty percent of respondents said that both substances pose equal dangers to health.

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.

In a January 2018 Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey, respondents were more likely to rank the use of tobacco, alcohol, and sugar as substances that possessed greater harms than cannabis..

Under federal law, the marijuana plant is categorized as a ‘Schedule I’ controlled substance – defined as possessing a “high potential for abuse,” a “lack of accepted safety,” and “no currently accepted medical use … in the United States.” By contrast, both tobacco and alcohol are unscheduled.

For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (20) 483-5500.