What do “alcohol inhalers” – devices that allow individuals to inhale alcohol vapor, and thereby get drunk without experiencing any hangover – have to do with the much touted increasing strength of marijuana
Just this: that our society has been able to draw a distinction between the legal and responsible use of alcohol, which we think is just fine for adults, and the use of alcohol inhalers, which are illegal in many states, including California. In other words, just because our society makes the use of a drug “legal” under some circumstances, that doesn’t mean it necessarily has to be legal under every circumstance or in any concentration. We can and we do permit different things under different circumstances, which is a wonderful flexibility that comes from using the regulated market, rather than the criminal justice system, as the primary mode of controlling alcohol.
That’s why the hand-wringing over marijuana strength is particularly weird. It’s not just — as everybody has already pointed out — that people use less of a
We don’t need alcohol inhalers because beer, wine and liquor already give most people more than enough ways to alter their consciousness and are a little bit less risky than an inhaler in terms of the possibility of ingesting too much alcohol too quickly. We wouldn’t need strong marijuana, either, if people weren’t continually worried about trying to hide the stuff from law enforcement and could simply be given the opportunity to use a relatively safe drug in a responsible manner.