Should marijuana be legalized? The latest Gallup poll reports that exactly half of Americans say "yes"; opinion couldn't be more evenly divided. Marijuana is forbidden by international treaties and by national and local laws across the globe. But those laws are under challenge in several countries. InMore »
Should marijuana be legalized? The latest Gallup poll reports that exactly half of Americans say "yes"; opinion couldn't be more evenly divided. Marijuana is forbidden by international treaties and by national and local laws across the globe. But those laws are under challenge in several countries. In the U.S., there is no short-term prospect for changes in federal law, but sixteen states allow medical use and recent initiatives to legalize production and non-medical use garnered morethan 40% support in four states. California's Proposition 19 nearly passed in 2010, and multiple states are expected to consider similar measures in the years to come. The debate and media coverage surrounding Proposition 19 reflected profound confusion, both about the current state of the world and about the likely effects of changes in the law. In addition, not all supporters of "legalization" agree on what it is they want to legalize: Just using marijuana? Growing it? Selling it? Advertising it? If sales are to be legal, what regulations and taxes should apply? Different forms of legalization might have very different results. Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know will provide readers with a non-partisan primer about the topic, covering everything from the risks and benefits of using marijuana, to describing the current laws around the drug in the U.S. and abroad. The authors discuss the likely costs and benefits of legalization at the state and nationallevels and walk readers through the "middle ground" of policy options between prohibition and commercialized production. The authors also consider how marijuana legalization could personally impact parents, heavy users, medical users, drug traffickers, and employers.« Less
what everyone needs to know
Who uses marijuana?
How is marijuana produced and distributed today?
How stringent is marijuana enforcement in the U.S.?
What are the risks of using marijuana?
What is known about the non-medicinal benefits of using marijuana?
What are the medicinal benefits of using marijuana?
What are the pros and cons of legalization generally?
How is legalization of marijuana different from legalization of other drugs?
What is the context of the legalization debate?
What if marijuana were treated like alcohol?
Could one state in the U.S. legalize marijuana if the federal government didn't?
How would marijuana legalization affect me personally?
Between marijuana prohibition and commercial legalization : is there any middle ground?
Can industrial hemp save the planet?
What do the authors think about marijuana legalization?
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