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Social Problems

Mitch Earleywine

in Understanding Marijuana

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195138931
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195138931.003.0009
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The most heated debates about marijuana prohibition often concern the drug's role in social problems. Ideally, drug laws should minimize the negative impact of illicit substances. Arguments for marijuana's illegal status often rely on perceptions of the social problems it might cause, including decreased productivity, dangerous driving, and uncontrollable aggression. If cannabis created such adverse effects, strong penalties for its possession, sale and use would seem warranted. Popular publications imply that marijuana's role in amotivation, reckless driving, and aggression is a proven fact. However, data reveal that cannabis plays little role in any of these social problems. This chapter presents details of the relevant studies.

Keywords: marijuana use; cannabis; drug use; social problems

Chapter.  8979 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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