- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review Of The Scientific Evidence 1st Edition
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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
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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. Yet how much has been made of the presence of traditional pharmaceuticals in the system of either shooter?
In 14 years, we will see the FIRST centennial of woman suffrage. Prior to 1918, it was ILLEGAL for a woman, even a white, university educated woman, to vote in an election, own property or inherit property from her father.
Did that make sense? Was it fair? Was it sane?
No, but it was the Law. Just as it was illegal to be a homosexual, to practice witchcraft, or to commit suicide until well into the latter half of the 20th century.
The Law. Right.
Please read this superb book.
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.