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Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

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Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world--marijuana and alcohol. Through an objective examination of the two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use ...

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Overview

Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world--marijuana and alcohol. Through an objective examination of the two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol?

Marijuana Is Safer reaches for a broad audience. For those unfamiliar with marijuana, it provides an introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user, and debunks some of the government's most frequently cited marijuana myths. For current and aspiring advocates of marijuana-law reform, as well as anyone else who is interested in what is becoming a major political battle, the authors spell out why the message that marijuana is safer than alcohol must be a prominent part of the public debate over legalization.

Most importantly, for the millions of Americans who want to advance the cause of marijuana-policy reform--or simply want to defend their own personal, safer choice--this book provides the talking points and detailed information needed to make persuasive arguments to friends, family, coworkers, and elected officials.

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"Marijuana Is Safer provides an informative, enjoyable, comprehensive look at all aspects of the plant from the cellular to the societal. Readers who are new to the topic will find the pithy summaries of this complex literature easy to follow. Experts will welcome the up-to-the-minute references to the latest work on a vast range of topics. Even the most devoted prohibitionists will soon find themselves scratching their heads as they learn the history and rationale behind current laws. Everyone will finish the text convinced that current policies need a thorough and immediate re-examination."--Mitch Earleywine, PhD, author of Understanding Marijuana and editor of Pot Politics

"Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? is the most extensive and up-to-date book I've ever read regarding adults' relationship with the cannabis plant. If you've ever questioned whether marijuana is an objectively safer alternative to alcohol, this book has the answers. As challenging as its conclusion may be to the political majority, this collection of thought-provoking facts cannot be ignored."--Rob Van Dam, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)Heavyweight Champion and host of robvandam.com and RVDTV

"You'd think that the definitive case against prohibition of alcohol or other drugs had been made by now. But Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert offer a provocative new argument: that marijuana is actually safer to use than alcohol, so it's doubly dumb to ban the drug that's actually safer. Abstemious folks like myself may be surprised to hear that, but you'll find some solid evidence in this book."--David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, and author of Libertarianism: A Primer and The Politics of Freedom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603581448
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/24/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 817,142
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Fox is the Director of State Campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation's largest organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws. From 2002-2005, he lobbied Congress as MPP's Director of Government Relations. He cofounded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in 2005 and has helped guide its operations since its inception. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School and currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two daughters. You can visit SAFER online at www.saferchoice.org.

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the NORML Foundation. A recognized national expert in marijuana policy, health, and pharmacology, he has spoken at dozens of national conferences and legal seminars and has testified before state legislatures and federal agencies. He appears regularly on Drew Pinsky's nationally syndicated radio show, Dr. Drew Live, and his work has appeared in over 500 publications. Armentano is the 2008 recipient of the Project Censored Real News Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He currently lives in California with his wife and son. You can visit the NORML Foundation online at norml.org.

Mason Tvert is the cofounder and executive director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and the SAFER Voter Education Fund. He appears frequently in the news and travels the country promoting the "Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol" message. He resides in Denver, where he serves on the city's Marijuana Policy Review Panel, appointed by Mayor John W. Hickenlooper. Read Mason's blog on The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/mason-tvert.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part 1: Choice: Marijuana Vs Alcohol
1. Big two: the popular acceptance and use of marijuana and alcohol
2. Pot 101: understanding marijuana
3. Removing the "toxic" from intoxication: an objective comparison of the effects of alcohol and marijuana
Part 2: Choice, Interrupted
4. Reefer madness and all that jazz: the origins of pot prohibition
5. Reality check: the truth behind common marijuana myths
6. How society is systematically driving us to drink
7. Real-world ramifications of our pro-alcohol culture
Part 3: Freedom Of Choice
8. You would think this would be enough: traditional arguments against marijuana prohibition
9. Not adding a vice but providing an alternative
10. From theory to practice: "safer" to SAFER
11. Toward a tipping point: creating a buzz-and sparking change
12. Our vision of the future
Appendix: Spreading the "marijuana is safer" message
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
About the authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Summit

    I usually catch smaller things, but you kinda have a habbit of closing your eyees when you pounce for the deer.

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    Chief

    He stalked a deer that had horns and caught it and chomped down on iys throut..swiftly and brought it back to camp..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Good educational book

    If you are of a like mind, or not this book will open your eyes to the way we are tempted and seduced by alcohol, and weed is looked down on. This is the formula for the end of this stupid new prohibition. Read this then give it to your kids (young adults) to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Soooo true

    Its safer

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