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Marijuana takes a look at the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, from its history as one of America's most important crops to the effects of its use. This book examines the controversy surrounding the drug and how public opinion about it has shifted over time.

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Overview

Marijuana takes a look at the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, from its history as one of America's most important crops to the effects of its use. This book examines the controversy surrounding the drug and how public opinion about it has shifted over time.

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Children's Literature - Alison Moy
As part of the "Benchmark rockets: drug facts" series, this book explores the history, basic science, and effects of marijuana, as well as the controversies and debates surrounding it. It provides a review which does not necessarily argue for or against marijuana use and legalization, but rather provides plenty of pertinent information and resources for the reader to do further investigation and research. For a topic such as this, where there is still no final, formal consensus, this is a good starting point for readers to see both sides of the argument and understand why there is controversy surrounding marijuana. Though it explores several viewpoints, it does explain the current laws and ramifications of drug testing and drug use and in no way encourages or glamorizes the drug, particularly in minors. The book is well written, with additional related pictures and side information throughout, which engage the reader and supplement the text well. Several key words are bolded throughout the text which are included in a glossary at the end. Also at the end of the book are a thorough index and a resource page, which includes several official websites with information on both sides of the debate. This book serves as an excellent introduction to the topic of marijuana and encourages rational thinking about the debate that continues to develop. Reviewer: Alison Moy
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Gr 4-7–Presenting the “history, effects, and dangers” of these drugs is not easy, yet these authors do just that in compact and concise packages. Salient and interesting points of history are noted, such as sidebar information about Carry Nation, who strong-armed bars by wielding an axe against their stock (Alcohol), or the fact that the colony of Virginia required farmers to grow hemp (Marijuana). Smooth transitions bring readers up-to-date with present laws. Each book provides clear explanations about effects, followed by diagrams of the body to clarify the specific organs/body systems that suffer the most damage. The presentations are straightforward, especially in the acknowledgment that because of peer pressure, the decision to try drugs is often made without knowing all about the possible consequences. This series provides an excellent starting point for remedying that problem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761443513
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Benchmark Rockets Series: Drug Facts
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Look at Marijuana 4

2 Highs and Lows 8

3 Go Directly to Jail 16

4 Taking the Test 24

Glossary 28

Find Out More 30

Index 31

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