John Ingold on alcohol and cannabis

One side-effect of the legalization of cannabis in Colorado and Washington is that there are now drug-beat reporters, a species last spotted around 1990 and once believed to be extinct. That matters a lot; the drug issue is so full of technical detail and counter-intuitive relationships that trying to explain it to someone who doesn’t play the game is exhausting and often unsuccessful.

One of the best examples of the new breed is John Ingold of the Denver Post. His current piece explores the question “Will marijuana legalization increase or decrease heavy drinking?” and it does so with considerable nuance.