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Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles disagreed with Holland's view that there is a large social stigma attached to smoking marijuana.
"I have to say, that's not what we are hearing from readers," she said on the Today Show. "First of all, it's decriminalized in 13 states, and I don't think this is a generation of people who get excited about the fact that it's illegal."
The inspiration for the article, Coles said, was "hearing from readers that they were feeling stressed. Clearly, the economy is a great deal of stress for people and they wanted a way to unwind. And they found more and more of them were doing this [smoking marijuana] and they found it had less impact on them when they were going to work the next morning. So they didn't want to drink. It's cheap and they felt they could do it in the privacy of their own home, and it was a very effective way to calm down."
Holland agreed that marijuana may be a less harmful drug than alcohol, saying that marijuana has "psycho-therapeutic" properties that booze lacks.
"It's more of a mind drug," she said. "Alcohol's sort of a deadening, numbing... maybe more like a body drug."
On pot, "people are unwinding and they're relaxing, but they're also able to think and maybe analyze or think clearly ... I think cannabis is ... more functional than alcohol, certainly in terms of anxiety. It can be a treatment or a medicine."