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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195182952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195182958
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a well-balanced, up-to-date, non-specialist book that should appeal to a wide audience."--Nature

"a valuable and instructive resource for anyone interested in cannabis and/or the reform of marijuana laws. The book achieves its objective of providing a balanced and definitive primer on the most widely used illicit substance in the United States...[and] convincingly debunks many widely held myths."--Jon Gettman, High Times

"Earleywine ... has contributed a well-balanced, up-to-date, and scholarly overview of this controversial and illegal controlled substance ... and the scientific evidence of its biological, psychological, and societal impacts. ... Earleywine's highly readable book clears up some common marijuana myths and helps readers to better evaluate and understand the current cannabis debate. This volume will be a welcome addition to college and university libraries."--Choice

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Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Science and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology at the University of Southern California. He has received nine teaching awards for his courses on drugs and human behavior and is a leading researcher in psychology and addictions. He is Associate Editor of The Behavior Therapist.

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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The most commonly used illicit drug is marijuana. Probably it is the most controversial of all recreational drugs, as there are few people actively organizing for the reform of cocaine or heroin laws, but many would like to see marijuana laws changed. The debate on just how the laws should change and how marijuana ought to fit within American society has been plagued with misinformation long before the substance was made illegal by the federal government in 1937. The history, myths, and facts about the drug are set out anew in _Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence_ (Oxford University Press) by Mitch Earleywine. The book is extremely useful as a summary of the research that has been done on marijuana; there are twenty-five pages of references at the end to guide anyone who needs further information. Only a specialist will need the references. _Understanding Marijuana_ is a broad and fair summary.
There is an enormous amount of misinformation about the drug, and while those that favor use and legalization may have spread their share of misinformation, the history of marijuana in the twentieth century and entering this one is a history of one scare tactic after another wielded by government agencies and individuals who wish to suppress marijuana use. Earleywine's book spends one chapter after another summarizing the experiments and statistics to debunk the most common scare stories. Cannabis intoxication does not lead to hostility, violence, or a climbing murder rate. Marijuana is not a gateway drug. There is no amotivational syndrome from marijuana use. College students who use marijuana get the same sorts of grades as students who do not.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Understanding Marijuana: A New Look At The Scientific Evidence by Mitch Earleywine (Associate Professor of Clinical Science and director of Clinical Training in Psychology, University of Southern California) is a scholarly and painstakingly objective analysis of the highly controversial and largely illegal and pharmaceutically controlled substance known as cannabis, marijuana, ganja, as well as a host of other street names. Carefully scrutinizing the results of numerous studies of the drug, as well as taking special note of the importance not to confuse causality, Understanding Marijuana does its best to answer issues such as: Is marijuana really a gateway to "hard" drugs such as cocaine or heroin? Does it truly impair driving ability or cause auto accidents? What are its effects upon motivation, schoolwork, or job productivity? The evidence is often conflicting, but sometimes it points to answers which may be surprising. Understanding Marijuana is as free of bias as a book on a hot-button social/political/legal/medical issue can possibly be, and is especially recommended for its repeated cautions against the very common fallacies of assuming causation. Just because one thing (i.e. marijuana use) precedes another thing or coexists with another thing (such as lack of motivation) does not necessarily mean that the first item caused the second! But neither does it rule causation out, hence the need for careful, meticulous research of this highly complex issue.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2002
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I heard this guy on NPR and thought he sounded like he had a good head on his shoulders, so I bought the book. It is extremely impressive. I was amazed at how much research is actually out there in the first place, but I also felt like Earleywine explained it to me without being condescending or dull. I've become a bit of an expert among my friends, many of whom often spout a lot of hearsay about the drug. It's fun to be able to look something up and show it to them in black and white from a real scientist. Many of my 'abstainer' acquaintances still believe in the gateway theory and that marijuana hurts driving and that it's not valuable as medicine. I can point them to real studies showing that they're wrong. The last chapter is particularly cool and really got me thinking about marijuana policy and why we should change it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jim Scott on March 28, 2003
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This book is the best research work I've ever read. If you have no opinion on marijuana at all you can still respect the work that has gone into this book. If you do have an opinion on marijuana, for or against it, this book is also for you. It states proven facts, or statements that are backed up with facts, and is completely unbiased. For, against, or no opinion on marijuana, you must read this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on December 4, 2002
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Mitch Earleywine does an amazing job with this book : he stays objective. The topic of marijuana is so controversial these days that it's hard to find information that is not completely skewed in either pro or anti-marijuana use. Usually "facts" are used only to promote one side of the other and other facts are conveniently omitted. Earleywine takes on the subject with objectivity, intelligence, and a very fine wit. The book is excellently written, with enough facts and science for any hardened scientist and enough clarity for the layperson. I fully recommend it to anyone interested in this subject, and even those who are not! The book is very clever and would be interesting for almost anybody.
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