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Goodwin, William, 1943-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Discusses the history of marijuana, its physiological and societal effects, laws regulating its medicinal and recreational uses, and the continuing controversy which surrounds those regulations.
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HV5822.M3 G65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Fulfills the standards: "Science as Inquiry" and "Science in Personal and Social Perspective" from the National Science Education Standards for Grades 5-8. Fulfills the standards: "Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks," "Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal setting and decision making skills to enhance health," and "Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health" from the National Health Education Standards for Middle School.
Fulfills the standard: "Personal/Social Development" from the National Counseling Education Standards for Middle School.

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Reviewed with James Barter's Hallucinogens. Gr. 8-12. These titles in the Drug Education Library offer a detailed, well-sourced portrait of the medical, legal, historical, and societal aspects of drug use in America. Hallucinogenstraces the evolution of these drugs from Native Americans' spiritual use of peyote to the ravers' drugs-of-choice, ecstasy and Special K. The author describes the leading theory of how these chemicals work in the body and recounts their use in the past to treat everything from depression to schizophrenia. Marijuanais equally thorough, touching on topics ranging from the racist motivation behind the first marijuana laws and the substance's status as America's fourth-largest cash crop to marijuana's potential medical uses. Both books spend considerable time documenting the debate over drug legalization, including some surprising medical evidence that challenges current policy. The texts, supported by helpful source notes and a bibliography, are clearly organized and have a slightly academic tone that makes them most useful for debaters and report writers. Randy Meyer.