Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition (Hardback)Mitch Earleywine (editor)
Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 21/09/2006
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Marijuana use continues to attract interest and fuel controversy. Big, green pot leaves have adorned the covers of Time, National Review, and Forbes. Almost 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once. Groups such as The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana (NORML) and The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have tens of thousands of members. Polls suggest that 70-80% of Americans support medical marijuana. At least 11 US states have experimented with decriminalisation and medical marijuana laws, with new initiatives appearing each year. Meanwhile, other groups such as Partnership for a Drug Free America and Mothers Against Drugs protest legalisation. Clearly, debate about marijuana policy shows no sign of abating. In his earlier book, Understanding Marijuana, Mitch Earlywine forced researchers, policy makers, and citizens to avoid oversimplification, separate empirical findings from their interpretations, and understand that some things may be neither good nor evil. Pot Politics continues with these same themes, showing multiple perspectives from a variety of experts on an important problem with vast implications. The volume presents ethical, religious, economic, psychological, and political arguments for cannabis policies that range from prohibition to unrestricted legalisation. By presenting a unique perspective on overlapping issues, each chapter demonstrates how even recognised experts draw markedly different conclusions from the same data. Some contributors evaluate policy by weighing the costs and benefits of control while others eschew policy by presenting moral arguments against our attempts at control.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 689 g
Dimensions: 243 x 163 x 24 mm
"Pot Politics will help the movement marshal its best arguments--moral, legal, theological, pragmatic...it will be an eye-opener for students and movement newcomers, and even for seen-it-all movement graybeards...a welcome addition, both to the knowledge base on marijuana policy and its consequences and to the drug reformer's arsenal."--Drug War Chronicle
"It is an important contribution to a debate that should concern all citizens who value justice and health in our society."--PsycCRITIQUES
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