Joycelyn Elders, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General, wrote the following in a Dec. 14, 2002 editorial published in The Globe and Mail :

“[T]obacco, through its direct physical effects, kills many thousands of people every year. So does alcohol. And it is easy to fatally overdose on alcohol, just as you can fatally overdose on prescription drugs, or even over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin or acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol).

I don’t believe that anyone has ever died from a marijuana overdose.”

Dec. 14, 2002