3/4/14 Meria interviews Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML-National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws; His latest book: Marijuana is Safer:So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?; the rights of the cannabis consumer; medical marijuana; Obama’s interview; Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s turnaround; alcohol is a greater harm to user and society-factually correct; equating pot with heroin in the law; “Happy Hour” – sensationalizing alcohol, demonizing cannabis; double standard; public opinion has shifted; who makes the money on these “laws”; special interest groups don’t want reform; 750,000 arrested each yr for pot; is marijuana safe? policy needs to change; history of prohibition;prohibition based on race and class; public health issue or criminal? brainwashing and propaganda; the Marijuana Tax Act; difference between legalization and decriminalization; hypocritical politicians; and more.
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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.