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Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence [Paperback]

by Lynn Zimmer, John P. Morgan
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January 1997 0964156849 978-0964156845 1
Book by Lynn Zimmer, John P. Morgan

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Their meticulous, dispassionate, and concise summaries of the scientific literature make the book a useful primer and a valuable research guide. -- Reason, Jacob Sullum

Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Lindesmith Center; 1 edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964156849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964156845
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 99.9% of people killed in traffic accidents... December 19, 2004
Format:Paperback potatoes. So, if we ban the sale of this dangerous vegetable, think of the lives that would be saved.

Cynical? Moi? Sorry, but that's the level of logic that has been applied in the mindless, wasteful and cruel war on the production and consumption of a healing herb that the Lord placed on the Earth, apparently in error, and which the pharmaceutical industry have tried to eradicate.

This is a very welcome addition to the growing number of truly well-researched books that have gone a long way towards debunking the cowardly, hateful lies that self-serving politicians and those who bribe them, have tried to sell us for decades.

Has marijuana "addiction" ruined people's lives by de-motivating them? Possibly. I don't know any such people myself, but I do know a lot of very dynamic achievers who regularly smoke marijuana. Yet alcohol which is fully and widely acknowleged to have ruined the lives of millions of people, as has gambling, is totally legal and freely available.

Do you know anybody who experiences increased aggression while on marijuana? Decreased, yes. That's why a number of police officers have stated that they would rather go into a room full of stoners than a room full of drunks.

There are many things in this world that do create social problems, especially those involving extreme violence. Compared to ultra-violent TV and movie shows, first person shooter computer games and hard liquor, where is marijuana on the scale of things? Nowhere. It is not a factor in increasing violent tendencies, quite the reverse.

If the boys who carried out the Columbine massacre had been found to have traces of marijiana in their systems, we would never have heard the end of it.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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First off, this is a well-written, extremely informative book about both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Before reading the book, you are either one of the five percent of Americans who smokes pot or you aren't. The book isn't going to make you run off and buy an eighth of dank if it isn't something you'd do anyway. Conversely, it isn't likely to make chronic smokers quit. The people who need to read this book (parents, elected officials, educators, etc.) most likely either won't read it or dismiss it as pro-pot propaganda. While marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug, I think it will be several decades before public opinion changes in favor of legalizing this drug, whose benefits are greater than alcohol and cigarettes, yet whose harms are negligible by comparison.
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84 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Antidote July 6, 2000
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This book is a timely antidote to all of the B.S. that is propagated by those like the last revewer.
Drug addiction "counselors" are the absolute worst, most biased source of information about marijuana you can find. These people deal with drug addicts and other mentally disturbed individuals on a day in - day out basis and have usually lost all contact with reality in regards to the "drug use" of the vast majority of the population in the real world. There is absolutely no harm in smoking a joint now and then (the actual pattern of use by just about everyone who smokes pot in the real world.) Personally, I find the experience quite valuable in finding new ways to appreciate music, art, food, and sex. "Psychologically addictive?" Not NEARLY as much as television. "Physical withdrawal syndrome?" Nope. (The REAL get-your-kids-hooked drug pushers are the [legal and government-subsidized] tobacco companies.) "The `astronomical' human toll of traffic and industrial accidents?" NOTHING when compared to alcohol. "The economic costs of marijuana's (so-called) amotivational syndrome?" Believe me, television is WAY, WAY, WAY more "amotivating".
Marijuana is the only illicit drug that is used across all social, economic, ethnic, age, occupational, and regional boundaries. It was originally made illegal for racist and political reasons and it is ridiculous that it remains illegal. Get this book, read it, then loan it out to everyone you know.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even If You Don't Smoke - Read This May 7, 2002
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I must admit right off the bat that I don't smoke marijuana, but I drink. After reading this book I found myself wondering why marijuana is illegal and alcohol is not. A very insightful and seemingly unprejudiced book on the facts surrounding marijuana. Written by a Ph.D. and a M.D. this is not a book by crackpots. Very important facts by level headed people, this is a must read book that goes a long way towards the understanding of the facts. Read this, educate yourself, and form your own opinions.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all March 1, 1999
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It should be emphasised that this is actual UNBIASED SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE. What this book does is open up your eyes to the true facts about the popular taboo drug by mostly finding flaws in the "scientific" research. This book will reveal the truth that true science has proven tobacco to be more harmful to the human body and mind than grass. Yet still the majority of people in the U.S. who take a moral stance on marijuana base thier beliefs on outright lies, misinformation, and partial truths they got from the media and possibly, the school. Even if marijuana plays some small, somewhat insignificant role in your life, than it is your duty as an American to first read the scientific evidence. Then you may decide whether or not to talk to your children, make that bust, prosecute the accused, announce that speech, donate those funds, admit that problem child or suck in that smoke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very informative book my kiddo needed for a research project. She learned a lot of info from this book here
Published 1 month ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
I always wanted to know the true facts about this substance, b/c there are so many myths going around since the 50's and 60's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lesley nowlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact vs. Fiction in clear and concise text.
A great guide to dispel the myths of those that have been brainwashed by their "leaders" regarding this topic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul D. Streff
5.0 out of 5 stars book
arrived in good shape and in a timely manner. Is being used in research for a friend and he said it contained all the information he needed to assist in his brief. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Maxine Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INFORMATION
This is a really good book that sheds a lot of truth about Marijuana. I've even used it as a reference for some college papers. Read it, you will be surprised.
Published on November 14, 2010 by Big R
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep, drug warriors!
This highly informative book debunks virtually all of the anti-legalization folks' talking points with hard scientific facts. Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by Ajax the Great
5.0 out of 5 stars The straight dope on an ancient medicine
Zimmer and Morgan present the best available data on an important herb that humans have used beneficially for millennia. Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by COLIN BROUGHTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
There are people who say weed leads to people dropping out of high school. Some people do drop out of high school and they use weed, but the two aren't related. Read more
Published on March 22, 2008 by Andrew W. Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralled Me
A very well written book on a topic heatedly (or so it seems) debated about today. Truly an eye-opener to those who are staunchly against legalization, or at least... Read more
Published on May 17, 2007 by Z. Rapaport
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER AWESOME
It was a good read, everything is sourced well and legit. I have been passin it around to people (including parents) to read and they have enjoyed it as well. Read more
Published on May 16, 2007 by Mark
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