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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 2 Sub edition (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560254815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560254812
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Far from being a crippling addictive lure, marijuana is actually "one of the most benign substances known to man," according to this fact-filled and impassioned pro-pot manifesto originally published in 1996. The authors, marijuana-law reform activists, detail weed's many medicinal uses in the treatment of diseases like AIDS, glaucoma and cancer, examine the wonders of industrial hemp, and tout legalized marijuana as a potential economic boon and a lucrative tax-cow. The real problem, they argue, is the criminalization of marijuana, which has wasted untold billions, trampled our Constitutional liberties and thrown millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens into jail even as it has fueled crime by taking marijuana out of the legal marketplace and putting it in the hands of criminal syndicates. They blame this policy of prohibition on an unholy alliance of panicky parents, pharmaceutical and liquor companies eager to maintain their monopoly on medicinal and mind-altering substances, and the law-enforcement and prison industries that thrive on the war against pot. The authors amass a wealth of statistics and carefully reasoned arguments to support their controversial view and conclude with a helpful list of marijuana-law reform organizations and a quixotic exhortation to tokers to take vigorous action on behalf of legalization. This book is a compelling challenge to the prohibitionist orthodoxy.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Rosenthal and Kubby offer crisp, well-reasoned argument for legalizing marijuana, obviously suffering none of the short-term memory loss said to afflict the pothead as they proceed and never, never letting a sentence trail off in an ellipsis. They contend that most of the evidence against marijuana is overblown, misinterpreted, or false and that the war on the weed has harmed society more than the drug itself ever could. After decades of government-sponsored antipot propaganda, and with California passing a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical applications, this is a timely screed. Selected Doonesbury strips illustrate main points and lighten the overall mood appropriately, and an intensive notes section provides readers with sources for further research as well as documentation. Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Bachechi on March 12, 2007
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We really need to take this issue seriously and consider the benefits of legalizing! I'm not a smoker, but have friends and family who are. They are upstanding, conscious, hardworking citizens who don't deserve to have to sneak around. We could alleviate so much financial stife in the US if we would be more open minded about this issue. And of course, the by-products are amazing too. The author has his facts straight and writes in an easy communicative style. Buy one for the republican in your family.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mitchell Earleywine VINE VOICE on May 20, 2003
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It's great to see this book out again. The authors make a perfect case for cannabis legalization by explaining established facts about constitutional rights, industrial uses of hemp, and the safety of the drug. They don't get bogged down in hundreds of references and citations, but everything they say has clear empirical support.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1998
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This book gave me even more reasons to believe why marijuana should be legalized, including: constitutional rights, industrial, economical, and health benifits. My congratulations on a great publication.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Medical Mary Jane on March 15, 2006
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This is a great reference book- kind of like the wading pool of issues surrounding the war on drugs. It's thought-provoking and informative, the notes are easy to follow making this book an essential educational weapon in any advocates arsenal but if you really want to know- to feel "Why marijuana should be legal" read "prescription pot" by George McMahon and Christopher Largen.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Turner on April 30, 2006
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This is one of those books that really helps when you have people that back you into a corner and ask questions like "If its so harmless, then why is it still illegal?" it goes through the issues that arise when a debate about the plant comes to surface such as:

*Our constitutional rights

*criminal innocents

*economic costs

*health effects

*hemp: industrial applications

*medical applications

*national security

*sociological apects

*Why it isn't legal

I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a good deal from it. for those against legalization...DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST, this book is an eye opener on the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amsterdam20 on June 25, 2009
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I used this book as one of my sources for a college paper i wrote. My grade was a B+. I think my professor smoked. I should have smoked with him.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stephen on April 9, 2004
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Although small this is a very valuable contribution to the debate over marijuana. There are so many lies and hysterical claims made by the other side and often the rebutals are clouded in a similar type of single mindedness. This book in an unemotianal way looks at the arguements and cleverly and clearly exposes them as either misconstrued, or simply wrong. The only thing missing is perhaps a more honest assesment of the damage marijuana can bring to individuals and communities. However, the standard of debate on many other issues would be well served by similar books like this one. It's unlikely to convince and rabid anti-drug crusaders but if you're open minded you'll appreciate the author's thorough research and clear disemballing of the issues.
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