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Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana Paperback – August 27, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0825306983 ISBN-10: 0825306981 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825306981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825306983
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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No 'drug' is legal or illegal so cannot be legalised.
amadou
Now that I know Sabet will lie through his teeth to make his point I can't trust anything else he says.
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A better question would be: Cannabis is a far safer alternative to alcohol and tobacco.
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96 of 124 people found the following review helpful 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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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Heimel on March 8, 2014
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Too many people lack objectivity about this issue. Users tend to rationalize. Crusaders tend to simplify. Both extremes seem disinclined to let any facts destroy a good misconception or myth. This is required reading for anyone who wishes to be involved in an informed debate as well as those involved in public policy.
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Austin W. Arnold on September 6, 2013
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If you look at the first 5 or so reviews, all within a couple hours and days of each other. You will also notice that these reviewers have not reviewed any other books.

On a site note for the studies they have in the book. Alot of NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) studies. That institute is federally funded just as Kevin was. And has said in press conferences that they are only looking for negative effects. They dismiss anything else. Sorry those are not scientific studies, that is picking and choosing and having pet projects.

Google NIDA Negative Consequences
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41 of 61 people found the following review helpful By HonestInjun on August 30, 2013
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So uninformed as to be laughable. And it would be funny, if there weren't people gullible enough to read this tripe and believe it.
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62 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Mile Hi Dave on August 22, 2013
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Don't waste your money on this propaganda piece. No science to back anything he says up. If you want to waste your money it's up to you! A better and more accurate read on Cannabis can be found for free (Donations accepted), online: [...] Anyone that has been involved with cannabis freely acknowledges Jack Herer's "expertise" on the subject.
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38 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Zigurd Mednieks on August 30, 2013
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Shows up on reddit with dozens of zero-day shill accounts and gets slammed. The denial is strong with this one. Failed propagandist.
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36 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Prince Rupert of the Rhine on September 5, 2013
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every single one of the 5 star reviews, left for this book, were left within a day of eachother, by people (person?) who have never made another review on amazon....

seems very much like spamming.
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47 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Brinker on August 24, 2013
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Another amazingly myopic, biased and uninformed propaganda piece for NIDA and the 'legal' drug dealers.
Please start your re-education by reviewing the years of treatments and studies conducted in Israel at Hebrew University.
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