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The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

Book - 2019 | First Free Press hardcover edition.
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An eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug--facts the media have ignored as the United States rushes to legalize cannabis.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states. Almost all Americans believe the drug should be legal for medical use. Advocates argue cannabis can help everyone from veterans to cancer sufferers. But legalization has been built on myths- that marijuana arrests fill prisons; that most doctors want to use cannabis as medicine; that it can somehow stem the opiate epidemic; that it is not just harmless but beneficial for mental health. In this meticulously reported book, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, explodes those myths:

* Almost no one is in prison for marijuana;
* A tiny fraction of doctors write most authorizations for medical marijuana, mostly for people who have already used;
* Marijuana use is linked to opiate and cocaine use. Since 2008, the US and Canada have seen soaring marijuana use and an opiate epidemic. Britain has falling marijuana use and no epidemic;
* Most of all, THC--the chemical in marijuana responsible for the drug's high--can cause psychotic episodes. After decades of studies, scientists no longer seriously debate if marijuana causes psychosis.

Psychosis brings violence, and cannabis-linked violence is spreading. In the four states that first legalized, murders have risen 25 percent since legalization, even more than the recent national increase. In Uruguay, which allowed retail sales in July 2017, murders have soared this year.

Berenson's reporting ranges from the London institute that is home to the scientists who helped prove the cannabis-psychosis link to the Colorado prison where a man now serves a thirty-year sentence after eating a THC-laced candy bar and killing his wife. He sticks to the facts, and they are devastating.

With the US already gripped by one drug epidemic, this book will make readers reconsider if marijuana use is worth the risk.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2019.
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982103668
Branch Call Number: 362.295 BER
Characteristics: xxxvii, 232 pages ;,22 cm


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May 16, 2019

Important documentation of facts that should have received a much more fulsome discussion before the Trudeau government legalized marijuana in Canada.

Jan 26, 2019

Reminds me of the movie reefer madness, just a piece of propaganda meant to inspire fear. I give this 0 stars. I would think that any book being released within the last five years would be knowledgeable to the fact that people call the wonderful plant cannabis, and not marijuana , because of the racist/political roots of the word. This book should be condemned for what it really is, a last effort attempt to prohibit cannabis, and they're willing to lie to do it.

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