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Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? Paperback – Aug 24 2009
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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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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.
This book is a MUST Read for Everyone in America!
I highly recommend reading "Marijuana is Safer...". It is the right book, published at the right time. Kudos to these authors.
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