Marijuana Is Safer, Updated and Expanded Edition

So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? Steve Fox, Mason Tvert, and Paul Armentano Foreword by Norm Stamper $14.95 • Paperback 5 3/8 x 8 3/8 • 256 pages ISBN 9781603585101 Pub Date: September 1, 2013

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The follies of marijuana prohibition have never been laid bare with more erudition and plain common sense. Marijuana Is Safer 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

 In 2012, voters in Colorado shocked the nation’s 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 in 2009. This updated and expanded version of Marijuana Is Safer includes a new chapter on the Colorado victory and information about how supporters can model similar campaigns in other states, along with updates to research that supports the position that marijuana is safer than alcohol. The authors—through an objective examination of marijuana and alcohol, and the laws and social practices that steer people toward the latter—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 provides an introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user, debunks some of the government’s most frequently cited marijuana myths, and, most importantly, provides persuasive arguments and talking points for the millions of Americans who want to advance the cause of marijuana policy reform and educate friends, family, coworkers, elected officials, and, of course, future voters.

Steve Fox is the national policy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws.

Mason Tvert is the director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project and a cofounder of and former executive director of SAFER.

Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the NORML Foundation.

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