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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for everyone! Aug. 11 2009
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever for Cannabis Education! Aug. 5 2010
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Ok, I have been against pot forever. I got this book because I wanted to know the truth from the nixon crap. I have heard of government coverups and I know for a fact that alcohol is the worst drug on the planet cause I have witnessed the effects with family members over and over again! So I have changed my mind the way I think about pot now. I think that cigarettes and alcohol are the most dangerous between the 3. So pharmaceutical companies pay big bucks to keep it illegal because it is a medicine for many things. There are hidden coverup studies that the government knows it cures cancer but who is going to make campaign contributions if pharmaceutical companies don't. Here's a link if you don't believe me.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, thorough book Aug. 2 2010
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This book delivers a powerful blow to the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. It not only lays out the comprehensive data on how marijuana compares to alcohol in terms of addictiveness, toxicity, impairment, death and injury toll (safer on all counts), etc. but also compares the systems for regulating the two drugs (alcohol is taxed and regulated -- i.e., legalized, and marijuana is prohibited (that is, its regulation is left up to street dealers and cartels)). The authors reference their sources and come at the issue with a very measured approach that examines policies from the stance of how well they achieve their stated goals, and whether their stated goals make sense given the facts about each drug's safety record. Send this book to your doubting friends and relatives as a basis for a more informed conversation on the topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bogart that book my friend. Sept. 20 2009
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Don't Bogart that book my friend! Pass it over to me.

Review by Fred Mallach

Marijuana is SAFER: So why are we driving people to drink?
By Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert
Foreword by Norm Stamper, former Chief of the Seattle Police Department

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (August 24, 2009)

If you have kids heading back to high school, college or university you need to read this book. If you are a young person, you need to read it even more.

Over the years, one question that I have asked parents was; "Would you rather have your children drink alcohol or smoke marijuana?" Depending on their answer I knew what their position was towards legalization.

The authors of `Marijuana is SAFER: So why are we driving people to drink?' have written a timely handbook or primer on the history of pot politics to the present push towards legalization.

Each year more than 35,000 Americans die from the direct result of alcohol consumption. Every fall the number of US students dying from the misuse of alcohol increases. In 2001, there were an estimated 1,700 alcohol-related unintentional-injury deaths among college students and others aged 18 to 24. It's also estimated that each year approximately 600,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol.

The authors take us from the start of prohibition over 70 years ago to the present day. The writing is interesting and factual without getting bogged down in too much detail. They explain how `reefer madness' shaped the public's perception of pot and how Nixon declared the `war on drugs' in the 1970's.

As a primer there is a section on how marijuana affects the body. Surprisingly, recent studies have shown that regular marijuana smokers have a lower incidence of cancer than non-smokers.

The title of the book `Marijuana is SAFER' refers to the SAFER campaigns started in Colorado in 2005. SAFER means `Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation'.

The premise of the SAFER campaign was that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and that adults should have a choice. It started at two universities to reduce the stigma and penalties of using marijuana when compared with using alcohol.

In a referendum in November of 2005, the citizens of Denver voted to eliminate all penalties for the adult possession of marijuana.

The track record for alcohol is not good. Not only do 35,000 people die in the US per year from the direct consumption of alcohol, alcohol-related health care costs are 45 times that compared to marijuana-related health care costs. That's right, 45 times!

As a society grappling with increased health care costs the argument to legalize marijuana has never been stronger.

The authors dispel the myth that marijuana is more harmful than alcohol or the same as alcohol, and they make a case for allowing a choice.

After reading this book, if I were to ask, "Would you rather have your children drink alcohol or smoke marijuana?" you might answer differently.

Now read the book, and pass it on!

Fred Mallach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marijuana really is Safer! Oct. 7 2009
By John D. Cliffe - Published on
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I invite anyone who doesn't know about the complications prohibition on (Marijuana) has caused society to read this fine book.
We truly live in a double standard world where alcohol, a known depressant and killer of millions of people including my own father is a legal substance, while a substance like marijuana, which has never directly killed anyone in known history and is actually known to make people more peaceful and Responsible remains illegal and in schedule I (schedule I is reserved for the most deadly drugs which are considered to have no medical value).
Studies show that Marijuana doesn't kill brain cells (alcohol causes severe brain damage), has been proven to be non carcinogenic and possibly have cancer curing properties (alcohol causes head, neck, stomach and liver cancer as well as cirrhosis), is not physically Addictive but only mentally like shopping, playing games and listening to music (alcohol is severely physically addicting ask your local Alcoholic) and the gateway theory has been pretty much discredited along the lines that if such is true alcoholics started their long journey into alcoholism drinking milk and if anything has actually escalated a marijuana user to use other drugs is the case of marijuana being illegal and dealers pushing their (products).
This information is just the tip of the iceberg and if you really want to know the "Truth" you owe it to yourself to read this book!

Many thanks to Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, Mason Tvert, Leap and S.A.F.E.R. for helping release a truly informational book that will have people talking and thinking about our Draconian Laws regarding this Substance.