Meria with Paul Armentano – NORML


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.

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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2 Responses to "Meria with Paul Armentano – NORML"

  1. debalexander2000@aol.com says:

    I really appreciated receiving the clear explanation of the difference between decriminalization of cannabis and its legalization/regulation.

  2. Meria says:

    yes, and it’s a BIG difference.

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