Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition

Hardcover | August 15, 2006

EditorMitch Earleywine

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Marijuana use continues to attract interest and fuel controversy. Big, green pot leaves have adorned the covers of Time, National Review, and Forbes. Almost 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once. Groups such as The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana (NORML)and The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have tens of thousands of members. Polls suggest that 70-80% of Americans support medicinal marijuana. At least 11 U.S. states have experimented with decriminalization and medical marijuana laws, with new initiatives appearing each year. Meanwhile, other groupssuch as Partnership for a Drug Free America and Mothers Against Drugs protest legalization. Clearly, debate about marijuana policy shows no sign of abating. In his earlier book, Understanding Marijuana, Mitch Earleywine orced researchers, policy makers, and citizens to avoid oversimplification, separate empirical findings from their interpretations, and understand that some things may be neither good nor evil. Pot Politics continues with these samethemes, showing multiple perspectives from a variety of experts on an important problem with vast implications. The volume presents ethical, religious, economic, psychological, and political arguments for cannabis policies that range from prohibition to unrestricted legalization. By presenting aunique perspective on overlapping issues, each chapter demonstrates how even recognized experts draw markedly different conclusions from the same data. Some contributors evaluate policy by weighing the costs and benefits of control while others eschew policy by presenting moral arguments against ourattempts at control. Pot Politics should be read by everyone interested in the politics of both marijuana use and governmental regulation of our actions.

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Marijuana use continues to attract interest and fuel controversy. Big, green pot leaves have adorned the covers of Time, National Review, and Forbes. Almost 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once. Groups such as The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana (NORML)and The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) have t...

Mitch Earleywine is Associate Professor at University of Albany, SUNY.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Allen St. Pierre: Foreword1. Mitch Earleywine: Thinking Clearly About Marijuana PolicySection I: Costs of Use and Control2. Daniel Egan and Jeffrey A. Miron: The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition3. Sara Smucker Barnwell and Mitch Earleywine: Is Drug Testing in the Workplace Worth It?4. Anthon Liguori: Marijuana and Driving: Trends, Design Issues and Future RecommendationsSection II: Views from Abroad5. Wayne Hall: A Cautious Case for Cannabis Depenalisation6. Craig Reinarman and Peter Cohen: Law, Culture, and Cannabis: Comparing Use Patterns in Amsterdam and San FranciscoSection III: Depictions of Addictions7. Bruce Mirken: Marijuana and the Media: Science, Propaganda and Sloppy Reporting in the U.S. News Media8. Roger A. Roffman and Anne Nicoll: Disseminating Accurate and Balanced Marijuana Education: An Opportunity for the Policy Reform Movement9. Robert Gore and Mitch Earleywine: Marijuana's Perceived Addictiveness: A Survey of Clinicians and Researchers10. Douglas Husak: Do Marijuana Offenders Deserve Punishment?11. Elliot N. Dorff: Judaism and Marijuana12. Charles Thomas: How in God's Name Do We Reform Our Marijuana Laws?13. Charles Thomas: Detailed Analyses of Religious Groups' Divergent Positions on Marijuana14. Mary Ann Pentz and Steve Sussman: Marijuana Abuse Prevention15. Rodney Skager: Revisioning Youth Policy on Marijuana and Other Drug Use: Alternatives to Zero ToleranceSection IV: Support for the Status Quo16. Keith Sabet: Mend, Don't End America's Laws on Marijuana: Surprise! Laws on Marijuana Actually WorkSection V: A Call to Action17. Mitch Earleywine: Values and the Marijuana Debate

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