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Is marijuana a safer drug than alcohol? Photos by Torben Hansen (L) and Kirti Poddar ( R) via Flickr.

Is marijuana a safer drug than alcohol? Photos by Torben Hansen (L) and Kirti Poddar ( R) via Flickr.

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Fact Check: Is Marijuana Safer Than Alcohol?

Chris Lehman
08/23/2012

This fall, voters in Oregon and Washington will decide whether to legalize marijuana. Washington's Initiative 502 would allow pot to be sold in state–licensed stores. So would Oregon's Measure 80. But it would go one step further: The Oregon ballot measure would allow people to grow their own marijuana. In both campaigns, there's no shortage of claims about the drug. KUOW's Chris Lehman has been fact–checking two of those claims. Today, he takes on this question: Is marijuana a safer drug than alcohol?

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