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

ISBN-10: 1603585109
ISBN-13: 9781603585101
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Description: In 2012, voters in Colorado shocked the political establishment by making the use of marijuana legal for anyone in the state twenty-one years of age or older. In the wake of that unprecedented victory, nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts  More...

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List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 8/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.37" wide x 8.37" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

In 2012, voters in Colorado shocked the political establishment by making the use of marijuana legal for anyone in the state twenty-one years of age or older. In the wake of that unprecedented victory, nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert revisit the “Marijuana Is Safer” message that contributed to the campaign’s success—as the first edition of this book predicted it would in 2009. In this updated and expanded edition, the authors include a new chapter on the victory in Colorado and updates on a growing mountain of research that supports their position. Through an objective examination of marijuana and alcohol, and the laws and social practices that steer people toward the latter, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol? For those unfamiliar with marijuana, Marijuana Is Safer provides an introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user, and debunks some of the governments' most frequently cited marijuana myths. More importantly, for the millions of Americans who want to advance the cause of marijuana policy reform—or simply want to defend their own personal, safer choice—this book provides the talking points and detailed information needed to make persuasive arguments to friends, family, coworkers, elected officials and, of course, future voters.

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;

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 .

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 .

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
The Wall Comes Down: Colorado Makes Marijuana Legal
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 and Foreword Author

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