The editor of this book takes the point of view that the use of marihuana should be legalized"" and he has compiled this...

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THE MARIHUANA PAPERS

The editor of this book takes the point of view that the use of marihuana should be legalized"" and he has compiled this group of essays, articles, stories and studies to substantiate his position and to perform the ""last rites for the marihuana myths."" The ""myths"" include the ideas that marihuana is addictive, that marihuana leads to insanity and to sex crimes. Not so, almost unanimously agree these opinions of a number of eminent doctors, scientists, sociologists, psychologists, pharmacologists, etc. They claim that it is a mild euphoric stimulant, non-habit forming and less detrimental than alcohol. The case for the drug seems to rest on the fact that marihuana, like the H-bomb exists; it is becoming much more popular, particularly among the middle and upper classes and like Bufferin, it could be important as a curative for the Cold-War chills. There are clinical and sociological studies, excerpts from the United Nations Economic and Social Council Report as well as the ""Mayor's Report,"" a LaGuardia instigated investigation of marihuana in New York City. Mr. Solomon's last book LSD: The Consciousness-Expanding Drug received national attention; perhaps the AMA may care to launch its own investigations as a rebuttal to this one. As it stands the book is enlightening but not definitive.

Pub Date: Nov. 19, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966