New Yorkers Say Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol, And They Want Local Dispensaries, State Survey Finds

Far more New Yorkers believe that consuming alcohol is a serious public health problem compared to the minority who feel the same about marijuana, according to a recent survey conducted by state officials.

There’s also majority support for the state’s adult-use cannabis law, and a plurality of New Yorkers additionally favor having marijuana retailers open up in their communities.

The New York Department of Health’s annual chronic disease survey that was released late last month examined public opinion on a wide range of issues, including marijuana and other drug policy matters.

One of the takeaways that the department featured in an accompanying press release shows the significant divide in public perception of the public health dangers of using alcohol versus cannabis.

Via New York DOH.

According to the survey, 77 percent of respondents consider alcohol use a somewhat or very serious public health concern, while 46 percent said the same about cannabis consumption.

Via New York DOH.

The finding is largely consistent with shifting public perceptions on alcohol and marijuana nationally, with fewer people viewing cannabis as a seriously dangerous substance as more states move to legalize the plant for

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