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Marijuana Is Safer So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

ISBN-10: 1603581448
ISBN-13: 9781603581448
Edition: 2009
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 8/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

When the city of Lisbon, Portugal, was gearing up for a potentially raucous soccer tournament, public safety officials did something shocking. To try to mitigate fan violence, the police announced that soccer fans would not be arrested for smoking marijuana prior to a big match between England and France. Much to everyone’s satisfaction, the match went off without incident. Later that night, however, after fans left the stadium and made their way to local pubs, violence erupted, and several hundred citizens were arrested. Could that evening’s violence have been avoided if the rules of the stadium had applied to society as a whole? Yes, say nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Mason Tvert and Paul Armentano. Tvert and Armentano compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world—marijuana and alcohol. They argue that current laws and social norms steer people toward alcohol, even though it is, by any objective measure, the more dangerous of the two substances. Marijuana Is Saferreaches for a broad audience, including people who have never used marijuana and may be skeptical about the authors’ claims. The book includes a detailed introduction to the plant and its effects on the user, and it 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 at all levels of government, 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 help advance the cause of marijuana-policy reform—or simply want to defend their own personal “safer” choice—this book supplies the talking points and detailed information needed to make persuasive arguments to friends, family, coworkers, and elected officials. Written in a reader-friendly style, but loaded with facts and insightful analysis about the “war on marijuana” and the drive to end it,Marijuana Is Saferis the perfect book for anyone who has—or has not yet—ever wondered, “Why are we driving people to drink?”

Steve Fox, principal at Marijuana Strategies, is one of the leading figures in the movement to create a legal, regulated marijuana market in the United States. He is a cofounder of the National Cannabis Industry Association, which currently represents more than 250 state-legal businesses, and serves as a strategic advisor to the organization. While at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) from 2002-2013, Steve lobbied Congress and guided numerous ballot-initiative campaigns, including the Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado, which made personal possession and cultivation of marijuana legal, while establishing a regulated market for adults. In 2005, Steve conceptualized and cofounded (with coauthor Mason Tvert) Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in Colorado for the express purpose of educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. The goal, eventually realized, was to change the mindset of voters in order to make marijuana legal through a ballot initiative. He now serves as an independent consultant, advising individuals and organizations on marijuana policy- and industry-related issues. #13;

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 .

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 .

Foreword
Introduction
The Choice: Marijuana vs. Alcohol
The Big Two:The Popular Acceptance and Use of Marijuana and Alcohol
Pot 101: Understanding Marijuana
Removing the "Toxic" from Intoxication: An Objective Comparison of the Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana
Choice, Interrupted
"Reefer Madness" and All That Jazz: The Origins of Pot Prohibition
Reality Check: The Truth Behind Common Marijuana Myths
How Society Is Systematically Driving Us to Drink
The Real-World Ramifications of Our Pro-Alcohol Culture
Freedom of Choice
You Would Think This Would Be Enough: Traditional Arguments Against Marijuana Prohibition
Not Adding a Vice but Providing an Alternative
From Theory to Practice: "Safer" to Safer
Toward a Tipping Point: Creating a Buzz-and Sparking Change
Our Vision of the Future
Appendix: Spreading the "Marijuana Is Safer" Message
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
About the Authors

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