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More and more states are legalizing marijuana in some form. Moreover, a majority of the U.S. population is in favor of the drug for recreational use. In the Weeds looks at how our society has become more permissive in the past 150 years—even though marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug by the American government.
Sociologists Clayton Mosher and Scott Akins take a deep dive into marijuana policy reform, looking at the incremental developments and the historical, legal, social, and political implications of these changes. They investigate the effects, medicinal applications, and possible harms of marijuana. In the Weeds also considers arguments that youth will be heavy users of legalized cannabis, and shows how “weed” is demonized by exaggerations of the drug’s risks and claims of its lack of medicinal value. Mosher and Akins end their timely and insightful book by tracing the distinct paths to the legalization of recreational marijuana in the United States and other countries as well as discussing what the future of marijuana law holds.
Clayton J. Mosher is a Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. He is the co-author of Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration, co-author of The Mismeasure of Crime, and author of Discrimination and Denial: Systemic Racism in Ontario's Legal and Criminal Justice System, 1892-1961. Scott Akins is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. He is the co-author of Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration.