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Title:
Going to pot : why the rush to legalize marijuana is harming America
Author:
Bennett, William J. (William John), 1943-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Center Street, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
xx, 220 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Bennett was director of the National Drug Control policy under President George H.W. Bush. He offers strong societal and scientific arguments against the legalization of marijuana, in a call-to-action for the 46 states that know better than to support full legalization. Bennett and White provides a voice of reason for millions who have jumped on the legalization bandwagon because they haven't had access to the facts.
Language:
English
Contents:
Marijuana use is not safe or harmless : on the contrary, it is dangerous -- What is "medical marijuana"? -- Legalization and its effects -- Drug war myths -- How the culture once successfully fought back on substance abuse -- The international experience -- How to answer legalization efforts and argue with those who support legalization -- Conclusion.
ISBN:
9781455560738
Format :
Book

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William J. Bennett, former director of the National Drug Control policy under President George H.W. Bush and bestselling author of The Book of Virtues , and co-author Robert White provide strong societal and scientific arguments against the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana, once considered worthy of condemnation, has in recent years become a "medicine," legalized fully in four states, with others expected to follow. But the dangers are clear. According to Bennett's research, more Americans are admitted to treatment facilities for marijuana use than for any other illegal drug. Studies have shown a link between marijuana use and abnormal brain structure and development. From William Bennett comes a call-to-action for the 46 states that know better than to support full legalization, and a voice of reason for millions who have jumped on the legalization bandwagon because they haven't had access to the facts.


Author Notes

WILLIAM J. BENNETT is the former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush. He is also the former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former U.S. Secretary of Education.
Learn more: BillBennett.com

ROBERT A. WHITE is the managing partner of the New Jersey offices of a large international law firm, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Former U.S. secretary of education and drug "czar" Bennett (The Book of Virtues) and former federal attorney White team up for a scattered, inclusive lawyer's brief against marijuana. They argue forcefully that the pharmaceutical industry and medical marijuana movement are uncritical of the drug and unrealistically sunny about its benefits. But Bennett and White fail to probe why millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans of all ages smoke pot, or why so many Americans think legalization is a responsible public goal. The categorical claim that today's marijuana is "far more potent than the 'tokes' baby boomers remember from their early experiments," meanwhile, recalls the drug war's empty rhetoric. Advancing the highly contested "gateway drug" idea, Bennett and White draw a connection between marijuana and hard drugs. Letters from anguished drug users and their families pepper the book, trying to give what otherwise would be a one-sided policy manual some pathos and a human angle. Bennett and White wind up imagining a not-likely-to-happen, star-studded Hollywood campaign against weed. An appended 2014 article from the New England Journal of Medicine does lend ample weight to their compilation of marijuana's genuinely "adverse health effects." This book will change few minds, but it will provide wide-ranging arguments against marijuana legalization. (Feb.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 Marijuana Use Is Not Safe or Harmless. On the Contrary, It Is Dangerousp. 1
Chapter 2 What Is "Medical Marijuana"?p. 30
Chapter 3 Legalization and Its Effectsp. 70
Chapter 4 Drug War Mythsp. 82
Chapter 5 How the Culture Once Successfully Fought Back on Substance Abusep. 110
Chapter 6 The International Experiencep. 125
Chapter 7 Mow to Answer Legalization Efforts and Argue with Those Who Support Legalizationp. 142
Chapter 8 Conclusionp. 167
Appendixp. 181
Notesp. 193
Indexp. 210