Marijuana: A Short History (The Short Histories)

By | July 12, 2019
Marijuana: A Short History (The Short Histories) Author John Hudak
ISBN-10 0815729065
ISBN-13 9780815729068
Year 2016-10-25
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
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From Reefer Madness to legal purchase at the corner store With long time legal and social barriers to marijuana falling across much of the United States the time has come for an accessible and informative look at attitudes toward the dried byproduct of Cannabis sativa Marijuana A Short History profiles the politics and policies concerning the five leaf plant in the United States and around the world Millions of Americans have used marijuana at some point in their lives yet it remains a substance shrouded by myth misinformation and mystery This book offers an up to date cutting edge look at how a plant with a tumultuous history has emerged from the shadows of counterculture and illegality Today marijuana has become a remarkable social economic and even political force with a surprising range of advocates and opponents Public policy toward marijuana especially in the United States is changing rapidly Marijuana A Short History provides a brief yet compelling narrative that discusses the social and cultural history of marijuana but also tells us how a once vilified plant has been transformed into a serious even mainstream public policy issue Focusing on politics the media government and education the book describes why public policy has changed and what that change might mean for marijuanas future place in society

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