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.
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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!
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.
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