Description - Marijuana is Safer by Steven Fox
In 2012, voters in Colorado shocked the political establishment by making the use of marijuana legal for anyone in the state twenty-one years of age or older. In the wake of that unprecedented victory, nationally recognized marijuana-policy experts Steve Fox, Paul Armentano, and Mason Tvert revisit the "Marijuana Is Safer" message that contributed to the campaign's success--as the first edition of this book predicted it would in 2009. In this updated and expanded edition, the authors include a new chapter on the victory in Colorado and updates on a growing mountain of research that supports their position. Through an objective examination of marijuana and alcohol, and the laws and social practices that steer people toward the latter, the authors pose a simple yet rarely considered question: Why do we punish adults who make the rational, safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol? For those unfamiliar with marijuana, Marijuana Is Safer provides an introduction to the cannabis plant and its effects on the user, and debunks some of the government's most frequently cited marijuana myths. More 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, elected officials and, of course, future voters.
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Author Biography - Steven Fox
Steve Fox is the national policy director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation's largest organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws. He also serves as the director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Fox cofounded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in 2005 and has helped guide its operations since its inception. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School and currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two daughters. Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the NORML Foundation. A recognized national expert in marijuana policy, health, and pharmacology, he has spoken at dozens of national conferences and legal seminars and has testified before state legislatures and federal agencies. His writing has appeared in over 750 publications, including over a dozen textbooks and anthologies. Armentano is the 2008 recipient of the Project Censored Real News Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. He currently lives in California with his wife and son. Mason Tvert is the director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project and a cofounder of and former executive director of SAFER. He codirected the campaign in support of the successful 2012 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado. The Denver Post named him Colorado's "Top Thinker" of 2012 in the category of politics and government, and he was recognized as 2012 Freedom Fighter of the Year by High Times magazine. He currently resides in Denver.