This graphic shows the relationship between actual harm caused by drugs and news stories about those drugs. Enlightening. Cocaine appears to suffer a particularly unmerited bad rap, with pot and ecstasy coming in second, and third, respectively. Nothing here should come as a surprise to the drug war veteran, but the data is good for a glance. One thing users may note is the non-zero death toll for cannabis users; presumably, they included questionable incidents like fatal car wrecks where the driver smoked beforehand.