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- Publisher: InnerQuest Books (September 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 14, 2015
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The arguments in favor if legalization are becoming more and more well known: It's good for cancer, glaucoma, relaxation, socialization, the court system, the tax system, it reduces violent crime, etc. etc. etc. But loud and clear, the most important pro-legalization argument is "AND IT'S COMPLETELY HARMLESS!"
Ed Gogek takes the points apart one by one. He shows how the media, the pro-marijuana lobby, and most importantly, smokers themselves are stubbornly avoiding looking at the "other" side of the argument. Some of the pro-legalization arguments, Dr. Gogek argues, are flat out lies, others are half truths, and others simply cannot be verified with the available evidence. He has a scientific background (an actual MD!), and is able to call bull on studies that have been set up poorly, and on media who simplify a scientific study into a pithy headline.
He infuses the work with personal anecdotes that add to the believability of his work. As an ex-pot smoker himself, he particularly calls to task the smokers themselves for evangelizing a drug that their experience of is not only subjective, but addled by the delusions caused by addictive substances.
Where Gogek stumbles is in tone: he clearly cares very much about the political side of the argument, and sometimes this stands in the way of his ability to provide an unbiased and clear book. Sometimes his arguments sounded just like that: arguments. This issue wouldn't be so divisive if there were not good arguments on both sides, and partial truths behind every polemic. The sections regarding the scientific sides of this issue are mostly very clear, (including the social science) but the link between the science and the politics is less rational than I would have liked.
Without these counter arguments you do not stand a chance. As this book uniquely points out – marijuana users tend to be politically active. The marijuana lobby is a drug “enabler” on a national scale. They are creating a community of people who believe and repeat their stories and excuses.
Addicts want their drugs easily available, but it is important to realize that Marijuana is different. Alcoholics lament that the world treats THEM unfairly, but they seem to know that alcoholism is a bad thing. Marijuana uses maintain that the world treats POT unfairly. People who believe marijuana’s upsides far outweighs its downsides don’t just tell their friends, they tell the world. They believe that the drug is blameless. Marijuana users really are great proselytizers; it’s a unique feature of the drug. The intense belief that marijuana is treated unfairly seems to come from using the stuff, and seems to leave when they get clean and sober. If so, the cure for their frustration with marijuana laws is not to legalize the drug. The cure is to stop using it.