Marijuana

From the Series Compact Research: Drugs
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Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and the world. Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full color illustrations this title examines Is Marijuana a Dangerous Drug? Should Marijuana Be Legal for Medical Use? Should Marijuana Laws Be Changed? Are Efforts to Prevent Marijuana Use Effective?

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2012
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series Compact Research: Drugs
Language English
Number of Pages 104
ISBN 9781601521606, 9781601523716B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2012-01-01
Author Lydia Bjornlund
Dewey 362.29
 

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According to the foreword, the books in the Compact Research: Drugs series “focus on three types of information: objective single-author narratives, opinion-based primary source quotations, and facts and statistics.” What this translates to on the page is an overview of the topic and an in-depth chapter-by-chapter discussion of the points raised in the overview. Marijuana looks at questions such as whether marijuana is a dangerous drug, whether it should be legalized, and the most pressing dilemma: Should the drug be readily available for medical use? The narrative is filled with so many qualifiers (“many people believe”; “some people say”) that it seems to envelop all sides of the debate. Meanwhile, statements like “some people believe [Bob] Marley’s marijuana use contributed to the brain cancer that killed him” add to the vagueness. Still, there is a lot to think about here, especially for readers who may have a personal or academic interest. In Oxycodone, the formula works to good effect, though it is a tad longwinded, and some of the information (such as how it is known as “hillbilly heroin”) is repeated. Among the questions discussed are the health dangers of the drug and its legitimacy in medical use, government regulation of the drug, and how oxycodone abuse can be prevented. Those looking for report information will find all their answers here. The attractive format, with plenty of color photographs and charts, enlivens the information. Excellent back matter includes source notes, names of advocacy groups and organizations, and sites for further information.

Booklist

According to the foreword, the books in the Compact Research: Drugs series focus on three types of information: “objective single-author narratives, opinion-based primary source quotations, and facts and statistics.” What this translates to on the page is an overview of the topic and an in-depth chapter-by-chapter discussion of the points raised in the overview. Marijuana looks at questions such as whether marijuana is a dangerous drug, whether it should be legalized, and the most pressing dilemma: Should the drug be readily available for medical use? The narrative is filled with so many qualifiers (“many people believe”; “some people say”) that it seems to envelop all sides of the debate. Meanwhile, statements like “some people believe [Bob] Marley’s marijuana use contributed to the brain cancer that killed him” add to the vagueness. Still, there is a lot to think about here, especially for readers who may have a personal or academic interest. In Oxycodone, the formula works to good effect, though it is a tad longwinded, and some of the information (such as how it is known as “hillbilly heroin”) is repeated. Among the questions discussed are the health dangers of the drug and its legitimacy in medical use, government regulation of the drug, and how oxycodone abuse can be prevented. Those looking for report information will find all their answers here. The attractive format, with plenty of color photographs and charts, enlivens the information. Excellent back matter includes source notes, names of advocacy groups and organizations, and sites for further information. —Ilene Cooper

Author: Lydia Bjornlund

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