He compared the different problems associated with getting caught by police when one is in possession of marijuana, or alcohol.
He pointed out how many would ignore the way consuming alcohol increases the likelihood that one will be involved in crime:
"But ignoring the relationship between alcohol and crime is a big mistake. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that alcohol use is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, including 37 percent of rapes and 27 percent of aggravated assaults.
No such association has been found among marijuana users."
Here you can see the conversation happening on The New York Times Facebook:
This is one of my favorite parts of the article:
"Marijuana, on the other hand, kills almost no one. The number of deaths attributed to marijuana use is pretty much zero."
That is the main point I try to emphasize, while some people think the way marijuana causes laziness is an extreme evil that must be eliminated but prohibition doesn't make things go away, and steering people toward one over the other, when the one toward which we steer causes death, this "anti-laziness" attitude can turn humans into monsters. People would rather have their kid die before they have their kid become lazy.
If you look at the real truth, alcohol causes death, marijuana can not cause death, those who fail to express opposition to laws that steer folks away from marijuana and toward alcohol actually consider dead people better than lazy people.
And marijuana doesn't even cause laziness. Some of the largest contributions ever made to society were from very intelligent people who occasionally consumed cannabis.