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Keep Off the Grass
by Gabriel Nahas
Publisher:
Paul S. Eriksson 
Year:
1976,1990 
ISBN:
083974384x 
Categories:
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Reviewed by Erowid, 11/18/2002

I had high hopes that ths book might contain some useful data. But what I discovered was a book with heavy bias against marijuana which taints any data the author might present. The tone of the book is one of continuing crisis, with exaggeration and hyperbole used to frighten the reader into agreeing that marijuana must be bad.

The chapter on How to Get Your Child Off Marijuana is offensive and laughable, and ends with the suggestion that the parent may need to quit their job and take their child out of school in order to ensure that the child is never alone or in a situation in which marijuana could be obtained. Below is an excerpt about how to tell whether your child is a user:


To find out whether your child is a user, ask him point-blank. You may get

  • Youngsters who smoke marijuana sooner or later show some degree of estrangement from their family. They become less concerned for the other family members.
  • With the chronic user, school grades may begin to slip. And there is less talk of future goals. a hostility toward “the establishment” frequently occurs.

  • The user’s appearance deteriorates. Hair gets longer and sometimes clothng gets “far-out”.

  • If your child is out of money and is vague about it, he may be buying marijuana. If he has an unexplained ample supply of money, he may be selling drugs.

2 Comments »

  1. Don’t touch this piece of drug war propaganda with a ten foot pole. Nahas’ writing is chocked full of exaggeration, hyperbole,bad science, and flat out lies.

    Like “reefer madness” films of yore, this is good for a laugh or two, but that’s about it. This book is supposed to be influential, and for the life of me I don’t know why.

    Comment by monoamine — 4/28/2005 @ 12:51 pm

  2. As Hitler explained in his essay on propaganda(see Mein Kampf)all you have to do is repeat a simple lie over and over and eventually people will believe it. And if you have the aura of authority because you’re a doctor, politician, police officer, Pope, or whatever – so much the better.

    Comment by George Kosinski — 8/7/2012 @ 7:28 am

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