Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Gerber, Rudolph Joseph, 1938–
Legalizing marijuana : drug policy reform and prohibition politics / Rudolph J. Gerber ;
foreword by John Sperling.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-275-97448-0 (alk. paper)

1. Marijuana—Government policy—United States. 2. Narcotics, Control of—History—
United States. 3. Marijuana—Therapeutic use—United States. 4. Drug legalization—
United States. I. Title.
HV5822.M3G47 2004
364.1’77—dc22        2003068715

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available.

Copyright © 2004 by Rudolph J. Gerber

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be
reproduced, by any process or technique, without the
express written consent of the publisher.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2003068715
ISBN: 0-275-97448-0

First published in 2004

Praeger Publishers, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. www.praeger.com

Printed in the United States of America

The paper used in this book complies with the
Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National
Information Standards Organization (239.48–1984).

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3

Copyright Acknowledgment

The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission to reprint material from “Dope
Fiends,” Harper’s (November 2000), 23–26. Copyright © 2000 by Harper’s Magazine. All rights
reserved. Reproduced from the November 2000 issue by special permission.

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Table of contents

  • Legalizing Marijuana - Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction xv
  • 1: History of Demonizing Drugs 1
  • 2: Presidential Pot Policies 17
  • 3: Enforcement Practices 61
  • 4: Health Effects 77
  • 5: Seeds of the Medical Marijuana Movement 91
  • 6: The People’s Counterattack 105
  • 7: The Medical-Legal Conflict 121
  • 8: Conclusion: Lessons in Political Unscience 135
  • Notes 155
  • Bibliography 173
  • Index 183
  • About the Author 189
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