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Marijuana Is Safer

Marijuana Is Safer

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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word and to the tens of thousands of you who checked out the book! To purchase the paperback version, please visit any online book retailer or purchase via Amazon or the Chelsea Green website (http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/marijuana_is_safer:paperback). Hope you had a Happy 4/20!
-- Your Friends at Chelsea Green

Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert compare 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 two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, 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?

Marijuana Is Safer reaches for a broad audience. For those unfamiliar with marijuana, it provides 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 major political battle, 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 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, and elected officials.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word and to the tens of thousands of you who checked out the book! To purchase the paperback version, please visit any online book retailer or purchase via Amazon or the Chelsea Green website (http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/marijuana_is_safer:paperback). Hope you had a Happy 4/20!
-- Your Friends at Chelsea Green

Nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert compare 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 two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol, 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?

Marijuana Is Safer reaches for a broad audience. For those unfamiliar with marijuana, it provides 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 major political battle, 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 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, and elected officials.

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09/18/2014

 
So why are we driving people
to drink?
Marjuana s
SAFER
Foreword by Norm Stamper, former Cef of te Seattle Polce Department
Steve FoxPaul ArmentanoMason Tvert
 
additional advance praise for
Marijuana Is Safer 
I have always maintained that the legalization o marijuana would lead toan overall drop in substance abuse in this country. In particular, the optiono legal marijuana use, as an alternative to the death and violence associ-ated with alcohol use, would be a welcome societal change. . . . Kudos toFox, Armentano, and Tvert or their remarkably insightul and importantbook.” — 
Gary Johnson
, ormer Republican Governor o New MexicoI took great pride in my perormance on and o the eld, and oten ques-tioned why our culture embraces alcohol while simultaneously stigmatiz-ing those who choose to consume a less harmul alternative, marijuana. . . .This outstanding book makes it clear that it is inconsistent, both legally andsocially, or our laws to punish adults who make the ‘saer’ choice.” — 
Mark Stepnoski
, ve-time NFL Pro Bowler and two-timeSuperbowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys
Marijuana Is Safer 
is both inormative and timely. . . . As a physician andpublic health educator, I highly recommend this book.” — 
Gregory T. Carter,
M.D., M.S., Clinical Proessor o RehabilitationMedicine, University o Washington School o MedicineI you are one o the millions o Americans who support keeping mari- juana illegal but enjoy a good beer, glass o wine or cocktail now and then,I suggest you read
Marijuana Is Safer 
, rehab your mind, and get high onthe acts. I, on the other hand, you already believe our marijuana laws areillogical, 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 andbestselling author o 
The Uprising 
and
Hostile Takeover 
In a society too oten paralyzed by ear when it comes to nding smartsolutions to our ailed drug war,
Marijuana Is Safer 
oers a pragmatic wayorward. The authors oer a new and common sense approach to mari- juana policy—one that is motivated not by incarceration or punishment,but by reducing the overall harm to our society.” — 
Rick Steves
, travel guidebook writer and TV and radio hostFox, Armentano, and Tvert oer a provocative new argument: that mari- juana is actually saer to use than alcohol, so it’s doubly dumb to ban the
 
drug that’s actually saer. Abstemious olks like mysel may be surprised tohear that, but you’ll nd some solid evidence in this book.” — 
David Boaz
, Executive Vice President o the Cato Institute, andauthor o 
Libertarianism: A Primer 
and
The Politics of Freedom
Readers who are new to the topic will nd the pithy summaries o thiscomplex literature easy to ollow. Experts will welcome the up-to-the-minute reerences to the latest work on a vast range o topics. . . .Everyone will nish the text convinced that current policies need a thor-ough and immediate re-examination.” — 
Mitch Earleywine
, PhD, author o 
Understanding Marijuana
and editor o 
Pot Politics
[This]
 
is the most extensive and up-to-date book I’ve ever read regard-ing adults’ relationship with the cannabis plant. . . . As challenging as itsconclusion may be to the political majority, this collection o thought-provoking acts cannot be ignored.” — 
Rob Van Dam,
ormer World WrestlingEntertainment (WWE) Heavyweight Championand host o robvandam.com and RVDTVAs the nation undergoes a shit in its thinking about drug policy,
MarijuanaIs Safer 
oers a timely and orceul challenge to marijuana criminalization.Anyone with an interest in drug policy, whatever their perspective, shouldread this important work.” — 
Alex Kreit
, Director o the Center or Law andSocial Justice, Thomas Jeerson School o LawIn this thoroughly documented account, Fox, Armentano, and Tvert haveperormed a public service. They have pulled the sheet o the lie that gaveus marijuana prohibition. In truth, it turns out ‘The Devil Weed’ is saer than alcohol. [This book] could be a game changer.” — 
Mike Gray
, author o 
Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess & How We Can Get Out 
Culture and law eel, at times, impossible to change; and then suddenly wend ourselves in a whole new place. America smokes a lot o pot, Americadrinks a lot o booze, and pot has not always been outlawed—it stands toreason that law and culture will change again. This book seems to heraldthat change is now upon us. — 
 Jennifer Michael Hecht
, PhD,author o 
The Happiness Myth

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