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Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? Paperback – Aug 24 2009

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (Aug. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603581448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603581448
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why do I give this book 5 stars ?
Because this book gives us the truth about the relative harms for alcohol vs Cannabis.
If you want the Truth abut Cannabis, Then read this book.
This book educates and will give you the ammunition to counter the arguments of the prohibitionists

If you want lies go visit a government website.
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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9c4d08) out of 5 stars Must read for everyone! Aug. 11 2009
By Trogo - Published on
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This is one of the best books on marijuana I have read in a long time. And it has come out at the best time possible. I encourage everyone to read this book! It's about time that a truly serious discussion is brought up about marijuana, and "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?", provides enough evidence to oppose any prohibition supporter arguments. Prohibition is losing, and it should's about time!
71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7b0690) out of 5 stars How can you debate that alcohol is as safe as pot?!?! Aug. 19 2009
By Matthew D. Kinslow - Published on
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I read the review that someone wrote and gave this book 1 star... sure it is gonna be biased... sure a lot of headies drink... but that's not the point of the book... the point of the book is to get out and educate the mass of people that think pot is some kind of demon that will tear out your soul and leave you an empty shell of a person... a person that will go out and rape, steal, and do whatever it is to get the herb... which.. if you know any pot smoker is entirely false... sure pot isn't perfect... and it's not totally safe... but you CANNOT tell me it's not safer than drinking... I just hope people will read this book and understand that people are going to prison, losing their lives, breaking up families, tearing this nation apart for something that is FAR less harmful than alcohol... give peace a chance!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca3eb4c) out of 5 stars Reasonable, Intelligent View of Marijuana Legalization Nov. 28 2009
By diljs - Published on
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Disclaimer: I personally don't use marijuana, and I'm not exceptionally liberal in my political viewpoints. I use alcohol in moderation, and my experience is likely similar to what a "normal" American would have after reading this book.

I found the premise of this book very interesting. For a while the "war" on marijuana has seemed increasingly more nonsensical when I look at it from a rational standpoint. Unfortunately advocates for legalization are typically dismissed as druggies and useless members of society. Marijuana is Safer presents the arguments against marijuana in a very intellectual and scientific way, by comparing it to alcohol and the differences in handling of the two substances.

The first few chapters compare marijuana directly to alcohol. Alcohol use is legal above a certain age in this country, while marijuana is banned at all ages (with the exception of medical use in some states). Yet alcohol use is strongly correlated with violence, crime, and general aggressive behavior, while marijuana hasn't be linked definitively to any of these. Alcohol in excess leads to significant health problems over time and overconsumption can kill, while the worst marijuana in excess can do is put the user to sleep. Alcohol is also highly addictive, while claims that pot are addictive have been highly exaggerated. In fact, Fox and his co-authors present a very good case, backed up by multiple studies, that alcohol is significantly more dangerous than marijuana. They do not downplay the risks of marijuana use, but present it as a reasonable alternative to alcohol.

The next few chapters focus on the history of Marijuana prohibition. Key individuals and industries profited and have continued to profit from the banning of marijuana usage. The alcohol industry itself spends millions on anti-marijuana campaigns, while ensuring that anti-underage alcohol consumption ads are limited. Marijuana has to go up against plenty of political and social opposition as well, much of it based on inaccurate information.

The remaining chapters focus on arguments and reasoning to use when discussing marijuana, and how to get involved. Overall I found this to be a very enlightening book, with plenty of reasonable information. It has changed the way I feel about marijuana, especially when compared to alcohol. I highly recommend that any American read this book, and I wish lawmakers were required to.
71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c9cc0a8) out of 5 stars Opening Eyes and Saving the World 1 book at a time! Aug. 7 2009
By Chris Smith - Published on
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This book is Absolutely Fantastic! This should be a real eye opener for anyone who is still hypnotized by "Reefer Madness". This book Exposes the Lies, Racism and false propaganda that is responsible for much of today's crime and gang problems, responsible for the extreme petroleum era damage to our earth, and the ruining or ending the lives of 100's of Millions of People Worldwide.
This book is a MUST Read for Everyone in America!
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HASH(0x9c99dfcc) out of 5 stars Get this book! Aug. 21 2009
By Gregory T. Carter - Published on
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Paul Armentano and colleagues have written an excellent and highly informative book that does what has need to be done for some time now, i.e.; compare the pros and cons of marijuana and alcohol. The book does a great job of clearly delineating the relative risk, both medical and legal of these two popular recreational substances. After doing this, they then address the elephant in the room and tackle why our society continues to punish responsible adults who make the rational, safer choice of using marijuana instead of alcohol. Through an objective examination of the two drugs, the book shows that only real valid argument against marijuana is ingrained social prejudice. Howver that is a ridiculous way to run public policy. Yet the reality is that, given our ongoing economic crisis, marijuana may be one of our ways out. Legalizing marijuana would allow the government to tax it and raise billions of dollars in revenue. Given that tobacco companies face ever growing restrictions, marijuana may be their next cash crop, not to mention the money that could be made with hemp products in general, including fiber for clothing, oils and grains for nutrition (and maybe even green energy). This book is hopefully a big step in educating the public and the government so that may be one day reason will prevail and our government will adopt a common sense, rationally driven policy regarding marijuana.

I highly recommend reading "Marijuana is Safer...". It is the right book, published at the right time. Kudos to these authors.