Marijuana Nation

Marijuana Nation

by Roger Roffman
Marijuana Nation

Marijuana Nation

by Roger Roffman

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Overview

Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user. Ever since America’s youth first marched in opposition to the war in Vietnam, pot’s popularity has periodically ebbed and surged. Calls for greater, fewer, or no marijuana penalties also have swung on their own pendulum.From lobbying in Washington, to talking to doctors and nurses in oncology wards, and watching his brother struggle with addiction, Roffman has experienced the layered and complex relationship Americans have with marijuana first-hand. With one foot on each side of the fence, at times feeling at odds with both camps, Roffman is on a quest to challenge those who insist we think of marijuana as a weapon of mass destruction, as well as those who would have us see it as a harmless source of pleasure and relief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987026
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Roger Roffman is a Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Washington and has been part of a federally-funded, twenty-five year study/counseling initiative for marijuana dependent teens and adults. He is a graduate of Boston University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California at Berkeley. Roger lives in Seattle.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue xiii

Part 1 Vietnam

1 Plea 3

2 Coping 5

3 Suicide Attempt? 18

4 Fellini Film 26

5 No Redemption 33

6 Dinky Dow Smoke 46

7 Long Binh Jail 50

8 Answers for General Westmoreland 55

9 Sacrificed Truth 62

10 You Could Be Tried 71

11 32% 80

12 Grief and Shame 85

13 Contrasting Agendas 91

14 Toxins 96

Part 2 Berkeley

15 The First Time 103

16 Preferred by Reviled Groups 110

17 Claude Lay Dead 117

18 What the F* * * Are You Thinking? 121

19 Bryan 132

Part 3 Activism

20 Joint Hearing 139

21 We See You as a Key Leader 153

22 Primary Sponsor 159

23 Hypocrite 165

24 Unlikely Ally 171

25 Fork in the Road 178

26 Art Linkletter's Advice 192

27 Final Passage 198

28 Toppling Dominoes 205

29 16 Pounds of Pot 224

Part 4 Dependence

30 I Want You Back 235

31 Dependence 241

32 Unmet Need 256

33 We're Not Zealots 261

34 Hempfest 267

35 Eternal Intermission 273

Part 5 Activism Renewed

36 Cheech and Chong 283

37 Compassion 289

38 Alison's Invitation 299

39 A Myth Endures 310

40 Signposts 320

Epilogue 331

Postscript 335

Acknowledgments 343

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