Thinking of buying pot in Illinois on Jan. 1? Here’s how experts say it could affect your health — for better and for worse – Chicago Tribune

In general, advocates say, unlike opioids, cannabis doesn’t lead to fatal overdose, and is harmless for occasional users. It’s far less deadly than alcohol, which kills an estimated 88,000 Americans a year, and tobacco, which kills nearly half a million Americans annually, according to the National Institutes of Health.