Abstract

Should marijuana be legalized? Public opinion in the United States couldn't be more evenly divided; the latest Gallup poll reports that exactly half of Americans say "Yes." Several countries in Europe and Latin America are also grappling with this controversial issue. Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know provides readers with a non-partisan primer about the topic, covering everything from the risks and benefits of using marijuana, to describing the current laws around the drug in the United States and abroad. The authors discuss the likely costs and benefits of legalization at the state and national levels and walk readers through the "middle ground" of policy options between prohibition and commercialized production. The authors also consider how marijuana legalization could personally impact parents, heavy users, medical users, employers, and even the drug traffickers. Crisp, clear, and comprehensive, this is a handy and up-to-date overview of one of the most controversial topics in today's world.

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