"Marijuana Is Safer" Book Bomb Set for Tomorrow

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"Marijuana is Safer," the brand spanking new book by NORML's Paul Armentano, MPP's Steve Fox, and SAFER's Mason Tvert (who came up with the whole "marijuana is safer than alcohol" trope) is set for book bomb tomorrow. The idea behind a book bomb is to get large numbers of people to buy a book on a designated day, thereby driving it up the best-seller lists on Amazon. If enough people buy "Marijuana is Safer" tomorrow, we could drive it to #1 on Amazon and generate even more publicity for the book--and the message it sends. While we will no doubt offer the book as a premium at some point in the near future, I want to encourage people to participate in tomorrow's book bomb to help get the word out. You can find out more at marijuana book bomb. I'll be reviewing "Marijuana is Safer" for the Chronicle this week, but don't wait for the review. If you've been thinking about buying the book, tomorrow is the day to do it.
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You know I was having a

You know I was having a debate about this last week. Does anyone else think if they legalize drugs it wouldn't be much of a problem? America has the biggest problems on drugs. You don't see places like Amsterdam having any drug related problems.

I think there will still be plenty of problems w/hard drug abuse

and relatively mild problems with excessive weed use, and plenty of drug rehabilitation still going on, voluntary or otherwise. But so many things would be better, starting with the loss of income and power that all levels of drug dealers would suffer. Distribution of drugs in significant amounts would no longer be in the hands of people willing to sell to children. Our limited (more than ever now) criminal justice resources would be more focused on people who commit violent crimes, and there would be a lot less violent criminals because people (adults anyway) wouldn't be paying black market prices for drugs anymore. Public health workers would have a much better chance to win the trust of those they hope to help, and rehabilitation should have a reliable funding source in the tax revenue that legalization would bring. Drug education wouldn't be twisted up in knots anymore by the need to avoid the reality that the legal drug alcohol is far more deadly and dangerous than the illegal one cannabis. Or if drug educators do admit it, they're admitting that the law is a sick joke. A lot of alienation from society (often manifested in refusal to cooperate with cops) would be eliminated or reduced.
And a safer legal alternative to alcohol is desperately needed. There's quite a few repeat alcohol abusers who should be prohibited from using alcohol, and only allowed to use marijuana if they want to get high. Call me crazy but that just sounds like common sense to me. A better balance between alcohol and cannabis will reduce alcohol related violence significantly.

Cannabis is safer and more effective than big pharma!

Yes we would like to have our sustainable cannabis/hemp jobs returned without interruption by corporate government frauds. Its about our jobs,lives, and ending the reign of industrial espionage by global drug and petrochemical corporations which steal from us with a false claim of legality. Its about safer plants grown by nicer people than those global corporations/governments which replace sustainable agriculture with petrochemicals and war. I believe the disgruntled veteran is right on with this. So to DuPont and Monsanto corporation types of the world. We say Cannabis/hemp is safer and more effective than you and your rip off products are,and that we all know is why you bribed,threatened and murdered your way into cannabis prohibition just like you did with alcohol prohibition. Simply to deprive your slaves of resources. How bout instead of everyone being forced to adopt corporate unsustainable practices,the unsustainable corporations are forced to become sustainable or go out of business.


Why are the makers of agent orange, glyphosate,and many other dangerous chemicals allowed to decide what plants are safe? Its the same as hiring serial murderers and pedophiles to work at schools and nursing homes,or in any other public place. These fuckers should not be allowed to run around free and get away with all their crimes against everyone,every,place,and everything! They should pay severe penalties and not be allowed to exist! Exactly the same equal yet opposite treatment they are dishing out yet can not take! Fuck them! I apologize if i have offended anyone but i have serious anger and rage issues against these global corporations.

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D.V.: I'm not offended, but


I'm not offended, but I'm getting impatient with the same stuff being posted over and over and over, with language that detracts from the quality of the discussion like "fuckers" and how our opponents should "not be allowed to exist," etc. Plus I can prove that you and "veteran for peace" are the same person. And neither of the comments had anything to do with the content of the blog post.

I'm going to just delete all of your comments from now on, at this point without even looking closely at them, if you don't cut it out already. No more apologies, just respect the needs of the site and the time of other readers who don't want to have to wade through what is essentially the same rant time after time.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC

David some help here...

Thanks for the idea of book bombing. I just have a question. I have only seen this idea on this site so far. I know alot of folks frequent this site without commenting but is this info being distributed to other sites to "spread the word"? I subscribe to about 20 different sites and check them every day or three but havent seen this posted yet except here. I will be buying the book to support the cause and will reefer (no pun intended okay maybe a little punny) others I know feel the same about legalization. There was also a very good recent video-movie mentioned here or on another site that was one of those "gotta have 'ems" but I failed to act quick enough and have lost the name of it. I know its a shot in the dark but any chance you might list a few suggestions that might clear my hazy memory? Thanks for all the hard work and support you and Norml provide our community.
Huntsville AL

Oh and is there anyway you can take Oo0 out of the Captcha validation scheme. I am soooooo bad at telling the difference and have gotten one of them too many times to count...bad luck on my part. Thanks again.

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John, Not sure how many


Not sure how many groups have signed on. One of the authors sent the announcement out on a talk group that other group leaders are on, so perhaps some are.

I'll pass along the captcha suggestion; don't know whether it's feasible or not, but we'll find out.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC

Book Bomb


Thanks for the speedy reply. Its starting to show up on other sites now and I have forwarded the info and site link to everyone I can by email. I have my fingers crossed that it is a home run effort.

Huntsville AL

I remember the video-movie

To anyone wondering what movie I was trying to remember...it is this, "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High", found on Amazon as well for around $25 US. I will be picking this up as well as the book tomorrow 8-20.

Huntsville AL

Book Bomb?

The Scientologists adopt the same strategy. Buy something so we can get "our message" across to people?
You guys are lame. Cultists. You turn libertarian thinking about a particular issue into just another capitalist carnival and thereby trivialize
the issue.

It's You Who Is Lame

Furious George,

You are a strange bird, and you obviously just don't understand the concept and the import here. Perhaps it's your personal politics or your hatred of Scientologists (which I share), I don't know. I've met Stop the Drug War's staff (and the staffs of many of the reform groups) -- hardworking, underpaid, dedicated people who are making positive change happen. "Cultists?" -- please, you owe them an apology.

- George


The idea that reformers shouldn't work together to generate book sales and publicity is absurd on its face.

Reform is always a relative thing.. blown by authoritarian winds

I always applaud those that risk persecution, or worse, when dealing with the religious fundamentalists & political whores behind the 7+ decade crime spree known as the drug war.

However, it does seem that many reformers are lawyers or have legal backgrounds yet don't/won't take legal actions against the clear crimes of the u.s gov't.

A classic example would be U.s. Patent # 6,630,507 commonly known as 'the marijuana patent'. Most folks are aware that uncle scam continues to maintain the old drug war refrain that marijuana has no accepted medical value... yet the same gov't holds, since 2003, the patent for... are you ready for this... "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants".

That's right folks your gov't currently holds U.S. Patent # 6,630,507 claiming: "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties... cannabinoids are found to have particular applications as neuroprotectants... limiting neurological damage following... stroke and trauma... or in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases... such as Alzheimer's... Parkinson's... and HIV dementia".

Please, someone tell me how a gov't that kills or incarcerates those that dare to disagree while claiming one thing - while positioning itself to profit from the exact opposite - can be legal or moral... even in this scoundrel ridden nation.

Why hasn't a class action lawsuit been filed in federal court yet? Criminals in gov't, like joe biden, need to be put on trial immediately!
Prohibitionists like biden need to be charged with federal 'fraud and human rights violations' then perhaps facts can finally be admissable and the merits of marijuana prohibition can be rationally debated in a legal and moral context.

It's not the THC that scares the crap out of uncle scam... it's the BSBs... the 'Bullshit Blockers'!

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