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Marijuana: A Short History

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From ""Reefer Madness"" to legal purchase at the corner storeWith long-time legal and social barriers to marijuana falling across much of the United States, the time has come for an accessible and informative look at attitudes toward the dried byproduct of Cannabis sativa. Marijuana: A Short History profiles the politics and policies concerning the five-leaf plant in the United States and around the world.Millions of Americans have used marijuana at some point in their lives, yet it remains a substance shrouded by myth, misinformation, and mystery. This book offers an up-to-date, cutting-edge look at how a plant with a tumultuous history has emerged from the shadows of counterculture and illegality. Today, marijuana has become a remarkable social, economic, and even political force - with a surprising range of advocates and opponents.Public policy toward marijuana, especially in the United States, is changing rapidly. Marijuana: A Short History provides a brief yet compelling narrative that discusses the social and cultural history of marijuana but also tells us how a once-vilified plant has been transformed into a serious, even mainstream, public policy issue. Focusing on politics, the media, government and education, the book describes why public policy has changed, and what that change might mean for marijuana's future place in society.

John Hudak is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies and Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. His work focuses on policy implementation, legislative-executive relations, marijuana policy, and elections.

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