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NCJ Number: 185047 Find in a Library
Title: Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence
Author(s): Lynn Zimmer Ph.D.; John P. Morgan M.D.
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 253
Sponsoring Agency: Lindesmith Ctr
New York, NY 10019
Publication Number: ISBN 0-9641568-4-9
Sale Source: Lindesmith Ctr
925 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States and in most other countries as well; more than 70 million Americans have tried marijuana and more than 20 million have smoked it in the last year.
Abstract: Recognizing marijuana is here to stay, the book provides reliable information about marijuana's effects on people. The authors recognize that marijuana policies and personal decisions about marijuana use should be based on scientific evidence, factual information, and common sense. The review of claims about marijuana and the latest scientific evidence about marijuana's effects leads the authors to conclude that, while heavy marijuana use can be harmful, marijuana use in general is not nearly as harmful as the myths about marijuana claim. Despite the criminalization of marijuana and the massive efforts embodied by the war on drugs, more adolescents have been trying marijuana in recent years. This trend should encourage alternative drug policies to effectively deal with marijuana use. Detailed information is presented on the effects of marijuana in terms of memory and cognition, deviance and crime, sex hormones and reproduction, pregnancy, the immune system, smoking and the lungs, persistence in the body, highway safety, hospital emergencies, potency, and the prevention of marijuana use. References and notes
Main Term(s): Drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; United States of America
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