Reefer Sanity - Kevin Sabet

Reefer Sanity

By Kevin Sabet

  • Release Date: 2013-08-27
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
Score: 4
4
From 5 Ratings

Description

In this book, Kevin Sabet argues that the United States should not legalize pot with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future prospects of pot smokers by prosecuting and jailing them.  Rather, he contends that we should shift our emphasis to education about the newly revealed health dangers of pot use. We should also invest seriously in interventions and treatments targeted to those users who find they are unable to quit on their own. We do not need to penalize people for smoking small amounts of marijuana, saddling them, for example, with criminal records that hinder employment or access to social assistance. And for the truly sick who do not respond to traditional medications, the beneficial components of marijuana should be made safely available through doctors and pharmacies. Before we go ahead and legalize marijuana, we ought to try these kinds of evidence-based reforms first. In the Obama Administration, Sabet and his colleagues at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) determined that a policy of marijuana legalization would pose too many risks to public health and public safety. They asked themselves, "Do the benefits of legalization outweigh the potential risks?" This book contains the information they used to get their answer.

Reviews

  • Information is imperative!

    5
    By Danette Richards
    I was in a marriage with a man that I belief did and still has a marijuana addiction. He grew up in the late 60's and early 70's and started smoking at an early age. Every myth that was raised in this book was raised with me by him. He was falsely under the belief that what he was doing was harmless to both himself and his family. This was only exacerbated by the flood of information on the Internet. He stated many times that there is a cultural war in this country concerning marijuana and legalization was the only way to go. I do believe that many of the larger issues raised in this book are extremely important conversations that need to be raised before anything is done on a wider scale than what has already happened. The false information that is out there is hurting many people and in this case I do believe has aided an addict into a false sense of righteousness. I am sure that I am not the only one that has been impacted in this way. Thank you for raising these issues. It scares me to think how many young people can be hurt by this drug!