often magnified. The drop of a pin may sound like a clap of thunder.... On the other hand, sounds may become diminished and loud crashes go unnoticed.

The marijuana user, freed from the restraint of gravitation, bumps his head against the sky. Street lights become orangutangs, with eyes of fire. Huge slimy snakes crawl through small cracks in the sidewalk and prehistoric monsters, intent on his destruction, emerge from keyholes, and pursue him down the street. He feels squirrels walking over his back, while he is being pelted by some unseen enemy with lightning bolts. He will thrill you with the most plausible accounts of desperadoes who lurk in the doorway ahead, waiting with long, sharp knives to pounce on him and carve him to pieces.

His first feeling of optimism and pleasure is followed by increasing sensations of terror and doom. A red rose in a friend's buttonhole becomes an angel, but a moment later the same red rose may be gushing blood.


Some Thoughts on Marijuana
and the Artist

ANONYMOUS

Pot puts your head in a different place.That is the irreducible truth. The new place may be congenial or hostile, honest or deceitful, but it is undeniably new. New viewpoints provide perspective, a necessary tool of the artist who is anxious to see the world through as many eyes as possible. Perhaps by

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  • Marijuana *
  • Marijuana *
  • Preface ix
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • I - The Question of Motivation 15
  • The Psychology of the Marijuana Smoker 16
  • Dependence on Cannabis 19
  • Marijuana Use and the Social Context 25
  • II - Physiological Effects of Marijuana 42
  • The Medical View 47
  • The Smoker's View 52
  • The Policeman's View 58
  • III - The Connection Between Marijuana and Heroin *
  • Living Death 65
  • The Missing Link 67
  • Marijuana Smoking as a Precursor of Opiate Addiction in the United States 69
  • Attitudes Toward Addiction 85
  • IV - The Dealer: Buying and Selling Marijuana 88
  • The Pusher 90
  • On Selling Marijuana 92
  • Green Grows the Grass on the Lower East Side 103
  • V - Marijuana in the Schools *
  • Marijuana and LSD on the Campus 112
  • The High School Drug Problem 121
  • Drug Use Among Affluent High School Youth 128
  • VI - The Question of Legalization *
  • Down with Prohibition 139
  • Notes on the Use of Hashish 141
  • Should We Legalize Pot ? 147
  • Nightmare Drugs 152
  • Marijuana and the American System 154
  • Marijuana and Legal Controls 155
  • VII - The Epistemology and Esthetics of Pot *
  • The Weed of Madness 175
  • Some Thoughts on Marijuana and the Artist 177
  • Bibliography *
  • Index 193
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