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Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana Hardcover – July 14, 2015
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—Nadine Strossen, former president, American Civil Liberties Union
“This well-researched and delightfully told chronicle humanizes the medical marijuana movement in a way that should move even the most skeptical reader. A master of clever analogy, Dr. Casarett now joins Dr. Sanjay Gupta as a prominent physician helping to mainstream medical marijuana so that someday even more may benefit from its therapeutic effects.”
—Donald I. Abrams, M.D., chief, hematology-oncology, San Francisco General Hospital; professor of clinical medicine, University of California San Francisco
“A highly readable weaving of anecdote and evidence that confirms that marijuana is a medicine, a medicine that needs honest, unfettered research to properly exploit its benefits. Give a copy to a doubter.”
—Clint Werner, author of Marijuana Gateway to Health
“A dramatic and accessible tale that combines interactions with front-line researchers and compelling patients to give readers an intriguing look at how to reason about this controversial plant.”
—Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., board chair, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
About the Author
- Publisher : Current; 1st edition (July 14, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591847672
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591847670
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.95 x 9.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #616,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was initially interested in this topic after Colorado passed Amendment 64, legalizing recreational marijuana at the same time my older son moved there. I found it interesting that Colorado went ahead with legalization, even before addressing some of the inherent difficulties, especially the financial and law enforcement ramifications. I'm especially interested in driving under the influence. We all recognize the terrible tolls that driving under the influence of alcohol may take and law enforcement has forensic tools to prove whether a driver is impaired or not, breathalyzer results and the indisputable blood alcohol level. The impairment of drivers under the influence of marijuana has been well-documented; tests of impairment due to marijuana are not quite so clear-cut. Driving while stoned doubles the risk of an accident, the effects persist for hours, but there's currently no reliable sobriety test for users. The author has a friend smoke marijuana and drive around an empty parking lot. Due to a lack of orange cones, he has outlined the course with bananas. After the impaired driver remembers what to do with his feet, the result is many squashed bananas. Casarett states,"If you're thinking of getting high and then driving a car...Don't. Just don't."
This book is not an argument for legalization (although the author does change his mind in favor of medical marijuana over the course of writing the book), and Dr. Casarett is genuinely concerned about both the possible positive and negative effects of cannabis. He points out that it can be addictive, it can have negative effects on brain cells, and it is definitely not okay to smoke and drive. The author argues that it's time to test and standardize the quality of the products being dispensed to patients, and to require clinics and dispensaries to educate medical marijuana consumers about both the benefits and risks of cannabis.
Finally, I knew a policeman once who said that every time he was on duty he had to deal with drunks and their damage (broken bodies and battered wives), but he'd never known a pot-head cause a single problem as a direct result of the drug. If we stopped being so frightened of marijuana then we could empty half the prisons (especially poor black people) and life would be calmer all round. It is time for our politicians to read this book and stop being so paranoid. If only a biblical figure had been a user, then we'd all have it available by now!