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Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? 2nd Edition Paperback – August 7, 2013
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"It’s not rocket science: Alcohol puts more people in the hospital or graveyard than marijuana. If our laws are meant to prevent harm to others, then what harm are we trying to prevent by the illegalization of marijuana? In fact, making marijuana illegal absurdly inflates its value and encourages violent crime to command its distribution. The sources of marijuana’s illegalization are vile, rather easily traceable to bigoted attitudes toward Mexicans and African-Americans. Certainly, there are moments in this otherwise thoughtful and policy-driven initiative that veer perilously close to demonizing alcohol in the same manner that marijuana has been demonized. Regardless, the authors’ argument that marijuana is the safer of the two recreational intoxicants is rock solid, and one can see that this everyday, common-sense comparison would be an effective tool in changing public perception, manipulated as it has been by everyone from Nancy Reagan to the great brewing concerns. The authors end with a workable proposal for a grass-roots response, complete with talking points and ready answers to FAQs, to bring the issue to the ballot. A well-designed initiative to redress the villainization of marijuana."
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"If Americans could legally smoke marijuana, would it reduce alcohol abuse and the attendant violence and aggression that go along with it? That is a social experiment worth trying, according to pot-decriminalization advocates Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert. At this pivotal time of a national shift in thinking on the double standard in law and social attitudes, the authors offer a commonsense perspective on the relative threat of and social response to marijuana versus alcohol. After detailing how the government, media, and beer and liquor companies often collude in demonizing pot and drive Americans to drink instead, the authors cite statistics and combat myths regarding marijuana, from the hysteria of the film Reefer Madness to the assertion that legalization will only sanction another vice. Focusing on the successful legalization campaign in Colorado, the authors concede they have an uphill battle in their effort to educate the public on the comparisons between pot and alcohol as they assert the positive benefits of legalization, taxation, and regulation of pot, including more revenue, less crime and mayhem, and fewer health problems. Given the changing political landscape and widespread use of pot, whatever a reader’s perspective on marijuana, this book is a well-researched, thoughtful look at a controversial issue."
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing; 2nd edition (August 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1603585109
- ISBN-13 : 978-1603585101
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The actual truth is far more inconvenient and more bizarre than any of us could have imagined. Here is this story.
This book explains and highlights our society's unabashed approval of the marketing and consumption of toxic substances and similar demonization of "The most therapeutically beneficial plant on earth" according to a retired DEA judge.
It also contains a section on addressing the most commonly disseminated myths about Cannabis.
A MUST for any Cannabis-Activist. I have, personally, found it invaluable-well worth the price of admission.
This book is in 3 parts, each more relevant than the last.
Steve Fox, Paul Armentano and Mason Tvert with an utterly eye-opening foreword by former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, deliver a straight forward, factual reckoning of this insanity we call a drug war.
They examine, but do not criticize, enlighten and not preach; which is difficult as their subject matter is so highly relevant to all of us...right now. They allow the reader to draw her own conclusions about these issues.
Our country is in "death-spiral" type of affair with tobacco and alcohol, fueled by Wall Street and Madison avenue-we are truly being driven to drink. Despite the mountains of overwhelming scientific studies on the role of Cannabis and Human health, and considering that our "Office of National Drug Control Policy", (ONDCP) is funded by the Tobacco, Pharmaceutical and Alcohol industries-this book should be on everyone's "must read" list.
They are telling our children it is NOT O.K to do drugs, but it IS O.K. to use THEIR drugs.
I can unequivocally state that I have not read a more engaging, sincere and factual book in many years.
I highly recommend it to ANY teacher for a class on the subject.