is a group that doesn't like alcohol, at least compared to marijuana.
They say they work "to address increasing concerns that our laws prohibiting the marijuana market are sending a dangerous message to the public that alcohol is more acceptable than marijuana. "
You can win $10,000 from them if you prove these three statements are not true:
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 this $10,000 will not be claimed," said Safer Texas Campaign manager Craig Johnson, when he posed the challenge. "Marijuana is objectively and unquestionably less harmful than alcohol, and these three statements are representative of that fact."
To win the prize, you have to provide "peer-reviewed studies or government statistics that contradict all three" of the statements.
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"Alcohol is more toxic than marijuana, more likely to lead to the death of the user -- either by overdose or chronic use -- and more likely to contribute to violence," Johnson says. "For good measure, alcohol is also more addictive than marijuana. As we consider whether to reform our marijuana laws, it is important that the people of Texas understand these facts."
The group is also calling for Texas politicians to return all campaign contributions from alcohol-related donors.
"If our elected officials can take millions of dollars from the alcohol industry, and make it easier for alcohol distributors to sell alcohol in cities, they simply do not have the credibility to continue marijuana prohibition and punishing adults for making the safer, rational choice of using marijuana instead of alcohol," Johnson said.
Best of luck with all this, dude.