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Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana 1st Edition

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"For backers of legalization, Sabet is dangerous, because he can't be easily dismissed as a reefer-madness-style propagandist. The marijuana reform community should play close attention to his arguments, and the prohibitionists, if they have any plans to reverse the tide, should do the same." 
--Ryan Grim, DC bureau Chief, Huffington Post 
 
"A most compelling look...Sabet explores this challenging landscape and arrives at more comprehensive, effective solutions than either legalization or incarceration could provide to deal with marijuana use." 
--Dr. Drew Pinsky, Host, HLN

"A clear-cut argument dispelling the hazy myths about a dangerous drug that threatens all of us, especially the next generation."
--William C. Moyers, VP, Public Affairs, Hazelden
 
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Compassionate and knowledgeable, Kevin Sabet is the most important new voice in the American drug policy debate. Policymakers, parents, and concerned citizens should heed his meticulously factual case against marijuana legalization."
--David Frum, Cont. editor, CNN, DailyBeast/Newsweek

"Kevin Sabet is a beacon in the confusing haze surrounding marijuana legalization. This book relies on science--not emotion or anecdote--to guide us through this complicated social issue."
--Christopher K. Lawford, author of Recover to Live

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A former Senior Advisor in President Obama's drug policy office, Dr. Kevin Sabet carefully considers the consequences of marijuana legalization. In Reefer Sanity, Dr. Sabet uses a plethora of research to argue that the United States should not legalize marijuana with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future prospects of marijuana smokers by prosecuting and jailing them. Rather, he contends that we should shift our emphasis to education about the newly revealed health dangers of marijuana use, as well as focus on intervention and treatment. Before we go ahead and legalize marijuana, he argues we ought to try these kinds of evidence-based reforms first.

The Seven Great Myths About Marijuana: 
(1) Marijuana Is Harmless and Nonaddictive
(2) Smoked or Eaten Marijuana Is Medicine
(3) Countless People Are Behind Bars Simply for Smoking Marijuana
(4) The Legality of Alcohol and Tobacco Strengthen the Case for Legal Marijuana
(5) Legal Marijuana Will Solve the Government's Budgetary Problems
(6) Portugal and Holland Provide Successful Models for Legalization 
(7) Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Are Doomed to Fail--So Why Try? 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825306981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825306983
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Peter Guither on September 9, 2013
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I bought this book because, though familiar with Mr. Sabet's views, I wanted to see his arguments more fleshed out to see what might be there. Unfortunately, it's a lot of well-written words with very little substance. His supposed counter to 7 myths about marijuana is little more than a distraction with the use of straw man arguments (misrepresenting arguments in order to make them easier to attack). This means that he is generally disposing of non-existent points, while not properly addressing the real issues.

He most heavily depends on straw man arguments in his responses to "myths" 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Myth 2 he never actually addresses, but rather focuses on a bunch of irrelevant tangents. Myth 3, he starts off with a straw man ("Countless People are Behind Bars Simply for Smoking Marijuana" - nobody has ever argued that), and then turns around and admits that way too many people end up with negative consequences (arrests, loss of jobs, etc.) due to marijuana enforcement. His only counter to that is to bizarrely suggest without evidence that even more people will be arrested if marijuana is legal.

Throughout, the arguments are messy and obvious in their flaws to anyone who has studied this issue at all. Even the title of the book is sadly ironic.

Ultimately, Mr. Sabet's full treatise is to promote his organization's "third-way" approach, favoring neither legalization nor incarceration, but as he notes in the final chapter, that appears to still entail using excessive enforcement to go after the non-problematic marijuana user. "A smart arrest policy can both provide a societal stamp of disapproval and provide an opportunity to intervene and stop the progression of use.
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Kevin Sabet is a paid liar for the pharma/forced treatment industry
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This book contains the same old propaganda that our government was been using for 50 years. The author seems to know nothing about cannabis!
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Sabet is a professional drug war cheerleader. When marijuana is fully legalized and regulated like beer and wine,
Sabet is out of a job.

In the first chapter the author quotes Harry Anslinger our first drug Czar. Here are some more quotes by Anslinger
not included in "Reefer Sanity": "Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."
"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother." "Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men"
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This person seems to have an anti-marijuana agenda. There are many studies around the world showing it's medical promise and relative safety (especially compared to alcohol or tobacco). I really don't think this author is able to fully put into perspective the consequences of marijuana prohibition, that this "cure" is far worse than the "disease".
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I have heard Mr Sabet speak on a number of occasions, he seems unable to respond intelligently when his premises and opinions are questioned by someone who truly knows and has studied this subject. Most of the time he just regurgitates old-thinking. For those interested in a clearer understanding and introduction to the history and use of cannabis, I highly recommend "Marijuana: Gateway to Health" by Clint Werner. In a recent public discussion here in SF at The Commonwealth Club, Mr Werner, (partner of Dr Donald Abrams, who is one of the pioneers in medical cannabis research and treatment in the States) scored a knock down in the first round from which Mr Sabet never recovered. Just my 2c.
Patrick Monk.RN. Hospice Nurse Case Manager. SF. Ca.
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This book is wrought with ridiculously distorted information and outright lies. Kevin Sabet should be ashamed of his disgusting pandering of the war on American's civil liberties disguised as a "War on Drugs." To refute his absurd claims:

1) Marijuana is harmless and non-addictive.
Cannabis is safer than every single prescription drug in existence. It is one of the most safe therapeutically active substances known to humankind. Cannabis is only addictive in the sense that everything is addictive. A person can get addicted to sex, chocolate, video games, working out, et cetera. Moderation is key, but as it is physically impossible to overdose on cannabis, arguably most things are more hazardous to be addicted to than the flowers of this plant.

2) Smoked or eaten marijuana is medicine.
Cannabis has shown in countless studies and lives to be extremely medicinal for a multitude of ailments. Whether it stops the pain and nausea people undergoing chemo experience or dramatically reducing the seizures an epileptic suffers or a myriad of other major and minor illnesses. Marinol and Sativex have proven to be less effective and less safe than even smoked cannabis (the most harmful method of intaking cannabis as it temporarily paralyzes the cilia but does NOT cause emphysema, black lung, or cancer), with Marinol actually directly killing people (something cannabis has never done).
The argument that people should be imprisoned for having access to a safe and helpful plant is utterly absurd.

3) Countless people are behind bars simply for smoking marijuana.
In order for people to smoke cannabis, people need to grow and sell it as well.
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