Smoking marijuana is healthier than drinking beer: true or false?

Global News

TORONTO – A recent mock beer ad touting the relative merits of marijuana versus beer has been making the rounds lately, adding to the ongoing debate over marijuana prohibition.

The parody ad by U.S.-based Marijuana Policy Project was screened on a jumbotron during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 races, has been viewed over 790,000 times on YouTube.

WATCH: The “New Beer” – Marijuana Policy Project NASCAR Ad

The Marijuana Policy Project and its related foundation advocate for the legal regulation of marijuana similar to those in place for alcohol.

Their ad describes marijuana as a “new beer” that eschews the hoppy beverage’s negative side effects – namely hangovers, calories and overdose deaths – and is ultimately less harmful than alcohol.

It’s a bold statement – but is it true? Global News looked to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) to in an attempt to verify MPP’s claims.

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