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Marijuana Is Safer reaches 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.
Marijuana Is Safer reaches 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.

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Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing on Jun 19, 2009
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MARIJUANA IS SAFER
So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?
Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert 
 
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Evidence shows marijuana is safer than alcohol.  Yet alcohol is legal and marijuana is not. Isn’t it time for some citizen-led sanity?
 
Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvertcompare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world—marijuana and alcohol. Through an objective examination of the twodrugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, the authors pose a simpleyet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice touse marijuana instead of alcohol?
Marijuana Is Safer 
reaches for a broad audience. For those unfamiliar with marijuana, it pro-vides an introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user, and 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 majorpolitical battle, the authors spell out why the message that marijuana is safer than alcohol mustbe a prominent part of the public debate over legalization. Most 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 tofriends, family, coworkers, and elected officials.
 
Pub Date September 2009
$14.95 US, $19.50 CAN • Paper
ISBN 9781603581448
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“The follies of marijuana prohibition have never been laid bare with more erudition and plain common sense.
Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?
 is a book every citizen needs to read, and a question we all have to raise our voices to ask.”
 
—Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
“I have always maintained that the legalization of marijuana would lead to an overall drop in substance abuse in this country. In particular, the option of legal marijuana use, as an alternative to the death and violence associated with alcohol use, would be a welcome societal change. . . . Kudos to Fox, Armentano, and Tvert for their remarkably insightful and important book.”
 
—Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico“Our current draconian laws prohibiting the use of marijuana by
responsible adults are doubly awed. Not only does such prohibition
violate fundamental freedoms but also, as this book documents, it undermines personal health and public safety. Regardless of your views on the civil liberties issues, this book should convince you of another
compelling justication for marijuana law reform: that it will promote health and safety for all of us, including our nation’s children.”
 
—Nadine Strossen, former President, American Civil Liberties Union, and Professor of Law, New York Law School“If you are one of the millions of Americans who support keeping marijuana illegal but enjoy a good beer, glass of wine or cocktail now and then, I suggest you read
Marijuana Is Safer 
, rehab your mind, and get high on the facts. If, on the other hand, you already believe our marijuana laws are illogical, this book will give you hope that change is in the air--and show you how you can do your part to push it along.” —David Sirota, nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of
The Uprising
 and
Hostile Takeover 
“I took great pride in my performance on and off the eld, and often
questioned why our culture embraces alcohol while simultaneously stigmatizing those who choose to consume a less harmful alternative, marijuana.
Marijuana Is Safer 
 makes an irrefutable case for liberating current cannabis policy by comparing and contrasting its use with that of alcohol. This outstanding book makes it clear that it is inconsistent, both legally and socially, for our laws to punish adults who make the
‘safer’ choice.”
 
—Mark Stepnoski, ve-time NFL Pro Bowler and two-time
Superbowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys

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