Film and TV

Marijuana mother: Mason Tvert's SAFER weed crusade gets his mom's blessing

Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), has found an excellent advocate in the promotion of his new book, Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?: his mom.

Diane Tvert co-stars with Mason in the piece above, which aired on an Arizona TV station. During the clip, she dismisses the idea of being shocked by her son's mission to legalize weed, describing herself as "a child of the Seventies... I was exposed." She adds that she thinks people "would be safer if they sat down and smoked a joint than if they sat down and drank a six-pack."

Special bonus: The package also features footage from an anti-marijuana public-service announcement in which one pot-smoking student proudly announces, "I got straight D's!," after which a dude boasts, "I left my ex-girlfriend 27 messages last night!" Does that mean marijuana leads to relationship harassment? Or was he so stoned that he lost count? It's up to you to decide.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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