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Marijuana: Mind-Altering Weed

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Marijuana: Mind-Altering Weed

Marijuana. It's been called a gateway drug, an introduction to the world of harder illegal drugs. Yet many people consider it to be a safe drug-at least safer than heroin, LSD, or cocaine. However, while marjiuana might not be directly responsible for causing any deaths, the consequences of its use can be detrimental to the lives of its users.

This book describes the history of marijuana use, the dangers of its ...

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Overview

Marijuana: Mind-Altering Weed

Marijuana. It's been called a gateway drug, an introduction to the world of harder illegal drugs. Yet many people consider it to be a safe drug-at least safer than heroin, LSD, or cocaine. However, while marjiuana might not be directly responsible for causing any deaths, the consequences of its use can be detrimental to the lives of its users.

This book describes the history of marijuana use, the dangers of its use, and the legal consequences. You'll also learn about the controversies surrounding the drug-including the issues of decriminalization and the use of medical marijuana. Treatment options for marijuana dependency are also discussed.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Once readers can move past the first chapter, complete with an unrealistic dialogue between teenagers to a photo of a man dressed in 1960s Woodstock regalia flashing a peace symbol, they will find interesting tidbits in this book. The second chapter explores "The History of Marijuana." Factoids include that marijuana reached Europe around 500 B.C.E., and that marijuana use declined in the 1980s in the U.S. (although it fails to note the rise in crack cocaine at the same time). Students will learn objectively how marijuana can cause disruptions in perception and judgement, including while driving, and can cause the same harmful health effects to the respiratory system as cigarettes. The tone in the text jumps between scolding, such as when talking about legal penalties or in presenting teenagers who used marijuana, to acknowledging that "for most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal" in the chapter titled "Controversial Issues." This includes a pro-and-con section as to why certain people favor legalization of marijuana and how nonviolent drug offenders receive harsher prison sentences. While nothing is inaccurate, overall, librarians can pick more engaging texts on drugs. Additional assets include sidebars, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. This is part of the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
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  • ISBN-13: 9781422224359
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What Is Marijuana? 9

2 The History of Marijuana 19

3 Who Uses Marijuana? 33

4 What Are the Dangers of Marijuana? 43

5 What Are the Legal Consequences of Using Marijuana? 65

6 Controversial Issues 81

7 Treatment 109

Glossary 119

Further Reading 121

For More Information 122

Bibliography 123

Index 125

Picture Credits 127

Author/Consultant Biographies 128

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