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Marijuana is safer : so why are we driving people to drink?

Author: Steve Fox; Paul Armentano; Mason Tvert
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Updated and expanded editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Fox; Paul Armentano; Mason Tvert
ISBN: 9781603585101 1603585109
OCLC Number: 841516566
Description: xxii, 224 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 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: tradition 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.
Responsibility: Steve Fox, National Policy Director, MPP, Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML, Mason Tvert, Director of Communications, MPP.

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"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." -- Publisher information.

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