MARIJUANA IS SAFER

So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?

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Steve Fox, Director of State Campaigns, MPP Paul Armentano, Deputy Director, NORML Mason Tvert, Executive Director, SAFER

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Fox, Steve, 1964- Marijuana is safer : so why are we driving people to drink? / by Steve Fox, Paul

Armentano, Mason Tvert. p.cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-60358-144-8 1. Marijuana–United States. 2. Marijuana abuse–United States. 3. Alcoholism–

United States. 4. Drug legalization–United States. I.Armentano, Paul. II.Tvert, Mason. III.Title.

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This book is dedicated to those who have spoken up in support of more rational marijuana laws, and to those who will.

Contents

Foreword …..ix Introduction . . . . . xiii

PART ONE The Choice: Marijuana vs. Alcohol

1. The Big Two:The Popular Acceptance and Use ␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣

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3. Removing the “Toxic” from Intoxication: An Objective ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣

PART TWO Choice, Interrupted

4. “Reefer Madness” and All That Jazz:The Origins of ␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣

5. Reality Check:The Truth Behind Common ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣

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7. The Real-World Ramifications of Our Pro-Alcohol ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣

PART THREE Freedom of Choice

8. You Would Think This Would Be Enough:Traditional ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣␣

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11. Toward a Tipping Point: Creating a Buzz—and ␣␣␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣␣␣␣␣␣ ␣ ␣␣␣

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Appendix: Spreading the “Marijuana Is Safer” Message . . . . . 173 Acknowledgments . . . . . 183 Notes …..185 Index …..201

About theAuthors …..210

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