Marijuana in America
Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies
Analysts report that legal marijuana grew into a $10.4 billion industry in the United States in 2018, with an estimated 250,000 jobs devoted just to the cultivation and handling of marijuana plants.
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This A–Z encyclopedia provides a broad and evenhanded overview of America's complex relationship with marijuana, examining political, recreational, cultural, medical, and economic aspects of marijuana use both historically and in the present day.
Marijuana in America is an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the many changes in medical, legal, and cultural issues surrounding cannabis in the United States. This multidisciplinary volume features contributions from several different fields to explain all facets of marijuana, from its chemical composition to the historical, legal, and social setting in which marijuana use occurs and its depiction in popular culture.
A mix of coverage provides readers with a full and accurate understanding of the spectrum of issues and controversies swirling around marijuana today, including: the changing legal landscape pertaining to the sale, possession, and use of marijuana, both at the state and federal levels; the factual basis for arguments for and against so-called "medical marijuana"; claims that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs; changing cultural attitudes about marijuana and "potheads"; economic arguments for and against marijuana legalization; and the impact of marijuana on families, communities, the economy, and the criminal justice system.
- Detailed, authoritative, and evenhanded coverage of all medical, legal, cultural, and economic aspects of legal and illegal marijuana in America.
- Information sources for further research included in each entry.
- Timeline of legal, cultural, and social events and trends concerning marijuana and its use in the United States.
- Contributions from several different fields giving the volume a multidisciplinary focus.