Legalizing Marijuana

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Overview

This book is a frontal assault on the federal government's almost century-long campaign against marijuana in all its forms—cultivation, growing, selling, and recreational and medicinal use. Beginning with the anti-pot campaign of the first unofficial drug czar, Harry Anslinger, in the 1930s and continuing wiht only minor differences in emphasis through the recent Reagan, Clinton, and two Bush administrations, federal efforts to stamp out every form of marijuana use involve ignoring the independent reports of numerous federal commissions; supporting provably false claims about marijuana's effects; acquiescing to conservative law enforcement and religious groups' condemnatory agendas; generating a climate of fear in the electorate in order to cultivate messianic images for politicians; and ultimately governing in a way that does a disservice to all involved.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A readable, reasonable, and well-documented history and analysis of a silly problem that richly deserves de-problemizing."

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Future Survey

"This volume is well written and documented. It comes as a breath of fresh air amid a policy issue that is so often dealt with in an emotional and irrational way--a sane counterpoint to the emotional venting of the pharmaceutical Calvinists. Highly recommended. All levels."

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"Rudolph Gerber, a judge, presents the case in favor of marijuana legalization, at least for medical use, citing a host of research studies, which he claims have been ignored for decades. His discussion of the history of the marijuana debate through presidential administrations since Kennedy is especially enlightening….[d]ebaters on the issue of medical use will find much ammunition in this book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275974480
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RUDOLPH J. GERBER is a retired appellate judge who served on the Arizona Court of Appeals until 2001. Currently a praciticing attorney in Phoenix, he is also on the faculty of the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 History of demonizing drugs 1
2 Presidential pot policies 17
3 Enforcement practices 61
4 Health effects 77
5 Seeds of the medical marijuana movement 91
6 The people's counterattack 105
7 The medical-legal conflict 121
8 Conclusion : lessons in political unscience 135
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