Dying to Get High Marijuana as Medicine

ISBN-10: 0814716679
ISBN-13: 9780814716670
Edition: 2008
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Description: This is an important story well told Craig Reinarman, co-author of Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice Marijuana as medicine has been a politically charged topic in this country for more than three decades. Despite overwhelming public  More...

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This is an important story well told Craig Reinarman, co-author of Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice Marijuana as medicine has been a politically charged topic in this country for more than three decades. Despite overwhelming public support and growing scientific evidence of its therapeutic effects (relief of the nausea caused by chemotherapy for cancer and AIDS, control over seizures or spasticity caused by epilepsy or MS, and relief from chronic and acute pain, to name a few), the drug remains illegal under federal law. In Dying to Get High, noted sociologists Wendy Chapkis and Richard J. Webb investigate one community of seriously-ill patients fighting the federal government for the right to use physician-recommended marijuana. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is a unique patient-caregiver cooperative providing marijuana free of charge to mostly terminally ill members. For a brief period in 2004, it even operated the only legal non-governmental medical marijuana garden in the country, protected by the federal courts against the DEA. Using as their stage this fascinating profile of one remarkable organization, Chapkis and Webb tackle the broader, complex history of medical marijuana in America. Through compelling interviews with patients, public officials, law enforcement officers and physicians, Chapkis and Webb ask what distinguishes a legitimate patient from an illegitimate pothead, good drugs from bad, medicinal effects from just getting high. Dying to Get High combines abstract argument and the messier terrain of how people actually live, suffer and die, and offers a moving account of what is at stake in ongoing debates over the legalization of medical marijuana.

Richard J. Webb is a lecturer in Communication Studies at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Shamans and Snake Oil Salesmen
Set and Setting
The Greening of Modern Medicine
"Potheads Scamming the System"
Cannabis and Consciousness
Mother's Milk and the Muffin Man
Love Grows Here
Lessons in Endurance and Impermanence
Notes
Index
About the Authors

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