New Book: Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts 8/15/97

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by Lynn Zimmer Ph.D and John P. Morgan, M.D.

Just as the issues surrounding marijuana have started to heat up in the press and elsewhere, a book has been released which may fundamentally change the nature of the debate, for the better.

In Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, Zimmer and Morgan have compiled 20 of the most prevalent myths about marijuana and have traced, step by step, their basis in science and research. Many of these myths will be familiar to readers. Many, despite questionable or even nonexistent evidence, have been presented as fact by the US government for many years.

In the book, the authors look to the science behind "the gateway theory," the medicinal efficacy of marijuana, marijuana's effects upon reproductive capacity, current vs. past potency levels, marijuana and memory, marijuana and addiction, the Dutch policy on cannabis, and much more. Each chapter tackles a separate myth, and each is meticulously referenced and objectively analyzed.

Louis Lasagna, M.D., author of the 1982 National Academy of Sciences report on marijuana, says of the book, "This, the first comprehensive review of marijuana toxicity to appear in more than a decade, is accurate, timely and impressive. Most importantly, it is clearly written and accessible for those interested individuals who do not have scientific or technical training."

Given the political climate and the brewing debate over the status of America's most widely used illegal substance, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts may well become the basis for an informed debate on the future of marijuana policy in the United States and around the world.

You can order Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts for $12.95 from BookWorld at (800) 444-2524. It would be even better, though, to ask your local bookstore to order it.

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