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Overview

Marijuana as medicine has been a politically charged topic in this country for more than three decades. Despite overwhelming public support and growing scientific evidence of its therapeutic effects-relief of the nausea caused by chemothrapy for cancer and AIDS, control over seizures or spasticity caused by epilepsy or MS, and relief from chronic and acute pain, to name a few-the drug remains illegal under federal law.

In Dying to Get High, noted sociologist Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb investigate one community of seriously-ill patients fighting the federal government for the right to use physician-recommended marijuana. Through compelling interviews with patients, public officials, law enforcement officers, and physicians, Chapkis and Webb ask what distinguishes a legitimate patient from an illegitimate "pothead," "good" drugs from "bad," medicinal effects from "just getting high." Dying to Get High combines abstract argument and the messier terrain of how people actually live, suffer, and die, and offers a moving account of what is at stake in ongoing debates over the legalization of medical marijuana.

About the Author:
Wendy Chapkis is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME

About the Author:
Richard J. Webb is Lecturer in Communication Studies at San Jose State University

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is a beautifully written account from the front lines of a struggle between a federal drug war complex determined to keep demonizing marijuana and the growing movement of patients and doctors who have found marijuana to be a valuable medicine. Voters in California and many other states have strongly supported the patients. The moving stories in this book show why."
-Craig Reinarman,co-author of Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice

"Offering nuance in the place of slogans, Dying to Get High tells an inspiring story of the tactics and philosophies of a little-understood health movement."

-Steven Epstein,author of Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research

"Chapkis and Webb’s new book provides a human element to the history, pharmacology, psychology, and politics of medical marijuana in a way that no other work has. The book is as riveting as a detective novel, as informative as a textbook, and as moving as a romance. I loved reading it and sure wish I’d written it."
-Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. ,Author of Understanding Marijuana

"A thought provoking portrait of a Santa Cruz cannabis collective."
-The Chronicle of Higher Education

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"Chapkis and Webb have done a masterful job in describing the intricacies of the drug debate and offer brilliant analysis on a complex and controversial subject. Both baby boomers and the current teenage population will find this book important and compelling reading."
-Terry Williams,author of Crackhouse: Notes from the End of the Line

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814716670
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 946,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Chapkis is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME. She is the author of the award-winning book Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor and Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance.

Richard J. Webb is a lecturer in Communication Studies at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

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Table of Contents

1 Shamans and Snake Oil Salesmen 13

2 Set and Setting 39

3 The Greening of Modern Medicine 64

4 "Potheads Scamming the System" 86

5 Cannabis and Consciousness 115

6 Mother's Milk and the Muffin Man 139

7 Love Grows Here 157

8 Lessons in Endurance and Impermanence 183

Notes 211

Index 245

About the Authors 257

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    Posted April 4, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Combines investigative reporting, political drama, and great interviewing.

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