Reefer Sanity’s 7 Lame Arguments for Marijuana Prohibition

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“Reefer Sanity” is a new book by Kevin Sabet, PhD., former senior advisor for the White House drug czar and self-proclaimed marijuana expert. He’s become the go-to guy for anti-marijuana arguers, a source of flawed arguments in support of prohibition. Sabet has expanded his arguments into his latest book, where he offers mediocre support for the continued War on Marijuana. Sabet isn’t a “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” type.

On the contrary, he approaches marijuana as a public health issue. His ideal world is seemingly one where marijuana remains illegal but those caught with it are sent to treatment rather than jail. Along these lines, he doesn’t believe marijuana has useful medical applications and certainly believes marijuana is addictive. Those are just two of the arguments he lays out in “Reefer Sanity.”

Here are the rest of Sabet’s so-called “Seven Great Myths About Marijuana,” of which he dedicates a chapter each in his new book. Each myth is followed by my own commentary.

  • Myth 1: Marijuana is harmless and nonaddictive – According to Sabet, marijuana is both harmful and addictive. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are countless studies showcasing marijuana’s beneficial attributes in preventing and reversing numerous ailments such as seizures, depression, pain, nausea, and even (especially) cancer. As for addiction, anything from watching TV to shopping can be addictive. But there is little chance for any marijuana user to become dependent on the drug.
  • Myth 3: Countless people are behind bars simply for smoking marijuana – Marijuana legalization advocates realize no casual pot smokers are serving hard-time for their habit. But, arrests and prosecutions for marijuana possession do take a considerable toll on the criminal justice system, not to mention the defendants who are “cuffed and stuffed” for a little weed.

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