Marijuana is Safer So why are we driving people to drink?

Marijuana is Safer So why are we driving people to drink?

Marijuana is Safer So why are we driving people to drink? ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Marijuana is Safer So why are we driving people to drink? By Steve Fox ⚣ – Nationally recognized marijuana policy experts Steve Fox Paul Armentano and Mason Tvert compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the Nationally recognized Safer So ePUB ✓ marijuana policy experts Steve Fox Paul Armentano and Mason Tvert compare and contrast the relative harms and legal status of the two most popular recreational substances in the world Marijuana is Epub / marijuana and alcohol Through an objective examination of the two drugs and the laws and social practices that steer people toward alcohol the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered uestion Why is Safer So PDF/EPUB ç do we punish adults who make the rational safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol Marijuana Is Safer reaches for a broad audience For those unfamiliar with marijuana it provides an is Safer So why are PDF/EPUB or introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user and debunks some of the government's most freuently cited marijuana myths For current and aspiring advocates of marijuana law reform as well as anyone else who is interested in what is becoming a major political battle the authors spell out why the message that marijuana is safer than alcohol must be a prominent part of the public debate over legalizationMost importantly for the millions of Americans who want to advance the cause of marijuana policy reform or simply want to defend their own personal safer choice this book provides the talking points and detailed information needed to make persuasive arguments to friends family coworkers and elected officials.

10 thoughts on “Marijuana is Safer So why are we driving people to drink?

  1. Brenton Brenton says:

    A uick pardon the pun distillation of the argument The two most popular recreational nervous system depressants are alcohol and cannabis One is legal the other is not The legal drug can affect the brain stem and thus cause death by asphyxiation the illegal one cannot The legal drug is associated with aggressive acts like assault and rape the legal one is not By discouraging cannabis use society is pushing people toward a drug that is dangerous for the individual and the public Legalizing the private use of cannabis by adults would decrease the use of alcohol freeing up law enforcement resources raise tax revenue and improve the public healthOverall I found this book thought provoking in a good way though I take issue with a couple of their chief assumptions First I uestion the percentage of the public who actually view alcohol and cannabis as substitutes Perhaps they are similar chemically but I find it hard to believe that many people drink solely for the chemical effect Legalization might increase the number of people who see the two as substitutes but the authors made no effort to answer that uestion produced no studies or statistics despite this being a key point of their entire argument Second the authors argue that legalization will put an end to some of the drug violence currently happening along the US Mexico border The logical problem there is that so long as there is a price incentive to operate on the black market such markets will continue to work and plans I have heard would levy taxes that would actually raise the price of marijuana above what its current black market price is If the price on the black market is less than the legal price it's likely that many people will continue to turn to the black marketStill just the way the book was organized was very intellectually stimulating It's not a comparison I've drawn before I tend to link marijuana and tobacco in my mind due to the similar delivery method and even if you don't fully believe every claim the authors make about marijuana's health effects it's hard to believe they stack up against the littany of alcohol related ills I highly recommend this book whatever your current stance on marijuana is

  2. John Eagle John Eagle says:

    This book enters through a brief history of Cannabis Sativa it's historic medical symbolic and religious uses And of course the conspiracy to ban the plant which mainstream history describes as a collaboration between a few large US companies that didn´t want the competition of marijuana superior to alcohol hemp string superior to nylon et cetera It is not a fiction book and therefore I don´t consider the following spoilers Through fear tactics the American ban was enforced in the 30ies and by using the same mechanism that created the alcohol mafia during the alcohol prohibition The book shows by research what any inuisitive mind would figure out through collection of data sources but it is nice to have read it and have a good single source material to show skeptics In essence the authors illustrates how prohibition creates a black market that produces high alcohol hard liueur instead of beer or wine The prohibition of the 3 5% thc cannabis with 1% cbd in the 30ies has become 17% thc today with 0 02 % cbd Because prohibition focuses the need from a differentiated use to only the one of getting drunk or high Alcohol is the number one gateway drug if you don´t count tobacco but of course as the book shows anyone realizes that if weed is only sold illegally those same criminals that sell that drug also gateway you into for example amphetamines that you never would have gotten in contact with if you could buy weed in the local drug store And since you easily can uit years of Marijuana use from one day to the other those shouldn´t even compare The book brings out the statistics of fatalities when people try to uit alcohol in the same manor lethalCBD is for the novice the neuro stabilizing substance that counteract the memory impairing aspects of black market weed A compound so much stabilizing that is dwarfs the effects of anti psychotic pharmaceuticals Which leads to the issue of releasing the prohibition today when the drug has in essence been proven relatively harmless There is a lot of money going straight from the pharmaceutical companies to the politicians to hinder a decriminalization They can't patent a naturally occurring substanceLike in the 20ies and before then the wrong companies had built up a market for alcohol the right companies made their favorite politicians enforce a ban so they could prepare for the release of the ban when they or their grand sons had built up manufacturing resources The second edition gets into that to some extent but I havn´t read that one So I just mention as it is mentioned The same is happening in Canada with the legalization and also in the USFor a novice there are a lot of information in the book that are common knowledge to many in the field It has to do with societal psychological medical and other aspects of Marijuana Those are meticulously well and accurately presented I won´t spoil the fun of reading that to those who are new to this I'll just repeat that it is trust worthy done For those living in the Nordic countries Great Britain Russiaeastern Europe Eeast asian Australia and some muslim nations this book will meet opposition when you refer to it State driven propaganda is often in these countries considered truth But read it twice It will pay offPlease let me know if the second edition focuses on things I havn´t even mentioned here

  3. Bethany Buchanan Bethany Buchanan says:

    Which I don’t agree with everything written I actually loved this book and the arguments put forth that weed is better than alcohol I would never light one up but for those pushing legalization this was a good read very well versed and good points

  4. Margus Mith Margus Mith says:

    Great book great examples and case studies Eye opening

  5. Amber Amber says:

    Worth the read Was a great source of information

  6. Dale White Dale White says:

    I don't drink alcohol or smoke pot but I have always wondered why alcohol is legal while marijuana is illegal There is nobody out there who can deny the individual and societal problems that have occurred from people drinking Lost productivity Health issues Domestic abuse Car accidents On any objective measure marijuana does not come anywhere close to causing those problems Yet we continue to spend millions on arresting and incarcerating pot users while alcohol abuse continues We know that alcohol will never be made illegal so the obvious uestion becomes why is marijuana illegal? Marijuana is Safer So Why Are We Driving People To Drink tries to address this uestion and they come to the argument from several angles They show the illogical history of pot prohibition They show the illogical response to athletes who are criticized for mild marijuana use compared to the accepted alcohol culture in professional sports They even suggest that advertisingsponsorships by beer companies plays a part in these responses They wonder why binge drinking on campuses seems to be a rite of passage while small amounts of pot use become grounds for suspension But their most persuasive arguments deal with the comparison of the effects of alcohol to the effects of marijuana use both individually and socially After reading this book it is difficult for anybody to objectively support the notion that marijuana should continue to be illegal But it continues to be illegal and while the authors suggest several things that readers can do to advance the cause they are up against one huge obstacle that they try to address Where is the political will to make the necessary changes?I am from the generation that popularized marijuana use in the '60s That generation wields the most power politically as the vast majority of politicians right now come from the boomer generation That generation also wields the most power in the voting booth as we are likely to vote Yet when a younger politician like a Justin Trudeau suggests that marijuana should be legalized he is demonized by those older than he is as some drugged out hippie On top of that legalizing marijuana isn't really a game changing issue that would encourage someone to vote differently in an election So for most political parties and politicians it becomes a no win situation very little to gain and a lot to lose I am assuming that success or failure of the decision of the voters in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana will determine whether other jurisdictions will make the change

  7. Emily Emily says:

    While I have no dog in this fight and my life will not change in any significant way if WHEN marijuana is legalized I really enjoyed this book and am glad to have plenty of evidence to support legalization A few of the chapters in the middle were preaching to the choir as I don't believe marijuana is unsafe and I am already aware of the racist implications of the war of drugs But comparing marijuana to alcohol made many of the arguments much clear; for example upwards to 70% of domestic violence occurs after consuming alcohol while marijuana is linked to barely any incidentsIt's also mind boggling how our society pushes people to drink despite the numerous health issues that accompany alcohol abuse not to mention domestic violence fights property destruction and sexual assault For example the public shaming of Michael Phelps after a photo was taken with a bong forced him to apologize yet there is an official beer of the OlympicsSo many people have bought into the notion that marijuana is bad for you for society for children that convincing them of the truth is the biggest step THe second edition includes information about Colorado in 2012 and the amount of work that went into the campaign to legalize marijuana It's really a no brainer and I look forward to reading about how legalization plays out in Colorado and Washington Hopefully these two states can demonstrate the positives and push other states to do the same

  8. Justin Justin says:

    This well written book systematically breaks down the flawed drug laws of this country in which a substance that is demonstrably worse for the individual and society is not only legal but celebrated while a safer substance is arbitrarily deemed illegal and its users vilified whether criminally or via an unfounded social stigma It thoroughly explores and compares the effects of alcohol and marijuana details the expensive burden of marijuana prohibition on our country's legal system and highlights the enormous economic gain that would come with the legalizing regulating and taxing of marijuana By prohibiting pot and glorifying alcohol our society pushes people to drink leading to problems of addiction violence sexual assault severe health effects and other ills for the individual and society at large For me this book was preaching to the choir but it was great to get armed with facts statistics and history to back up what I already knew when it comes to recreational substance use marijuana is a better smarter option than alcohol

  9. Blarg Blarg says:

    This book was startlingly good I picked it up expecting a pure libertarian argument and was overwhelmed by the coherence and rigor of the authors' central argument Because marijuana is far safer than alcohol many lives will be saved and improved when we legalize marijuana We should make it available to all adults and encourage many of them to choose it over alcoholThe numbers on deaths and injuries from alcohol including sexual assaults were really uite starting The correlation between alcohol and violence is as strong as it is weak for marijuanaA good uestion the authors asked If you were walking down the street at night with a friend would you prefer to encounter a group of men who had been drinking or a group of guys who had been smoking marijuana?Overall highly recommended

  10. Isaac Isaac says:

    I have a habit of going through non fiction books half way and then getting side tracked by a new one I see on the library shelf Such was the case with this one though I would highly recommend it to someone looking for inspiration for a paper on the subject or someone looking to shape future public policy This book emphasizes the fact that there is growing support for legalization from members of law enforcement organizations a fact which may eventually play a key role in determining marijuana's legal future Also addressed are the numerous studies showing that while alcohol often plays a role in cases of violent crime particularly domestic abuse and assault marijuana rarely does

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