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Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence

Mitch Earleywine


Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana each year; and yet marijuana remains largely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors. To some, marijuana is an insidious “stepping-stone” drug, enticing the inexperienced, and paving the way to the inevitable abuse of harder drugs. To others, medical marijuana is an organic means of easing the discomfort or stimulating the appetite ... More

Keywords: marijuana, illicit drugs, pot, Drug Enforcement Agency, drug abuse, addiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mitch Earleywine, author
University of Southern California