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February 25, 1998

MarijuanaMarijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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JAMA. 1998;279(8):632-633. doi:10.1001/jama.279.8.632-JBK0225-4-1

Most of us reading about marijuana use and effects usually seek the answer to two questions. One is "How good is marijuana?"—this is generally referred to as the "medical marijuana" debate. The other is "How bad is marijuana?"—the answer relates to the enormous toll, in both human and economic costs, of prosecuting and imprisoning hundreds of thousands of people for marijuana-related offenses.

In reviewing the state of the art, Zimmer and Morgan provide an extraordinarily well-researched and passionately argued book on the biomedical and sociological issues raised in today's debate about marijuana. In their desire to "set the record straight," however, they sometimes sacrifice even-handedness for impact.

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