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Cannabis - Philosophy for Everyone: What Were We Just Talking About? | [Jacquette Dale, Rick Cusick, Fritz Allhoff]

Cannabis - Philosophy for Everyone: What Were We Just Talking About?

The debate on the status and legality of cannabis continues to gain momentum. Here, personal anecdotes combined with academic and scientific reports combine to sharpen some of the fascinating philosophical issues associated with cannabis use.
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The debate on the status and legality of cannabis continues to gain momentum. Here, personal anecdotes combined with academic and scientific reports combine to sharpen some of the fascinating philosophical issues associated with cannabis use. This book:

  • A frank, professionally informed, and playful discussion of cannabis usage in relation to philosophical inquiry
  • Considers the meaning of a high, the morality of smoking marijuana for pleasure, the slippery slope to more dangerous drugs, and the human drive to alter our consciousness
  • Not only incorporates contributions from philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and legal, pharmacological, and medical experts, but also non-academics associated with the cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis
  • Brings together an international team of writers from the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, and New Zealand

©2010 Dale Jacquette, Fritz Allhoff, and Rick Cusick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeremy
    Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
    9/27/11
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    "Edutainment for everyone..."

    This book is a series of short articles covering all aspects of cannabis, from the 100 or so names, to uses, neuro-pharmacology, psychotropic effects, taxonomy, plant anatomy, criminal status, history, politics, philosophy and above all, arguments for and against its legalisation.

    As such, if you are looking to find out more about the topic, it is as comprehensive a survey as you will find anywhere. The readings are easy on the ear, and the book just thrums along happily. The standard of the writing is of course highly variable, being a compilation of essays by different people, however, there are some real quality gems in here.

    Since the regretable sacking of Professor Nutt, from the DAC, for giving sensible advice, which the UK Government didn't want to hear, to the use of ever more dangerous "legal highs", to the drug wars raging in places like Columbia, Mexico and of course Afganistan, to the funding of terrorism and organised crime through the sale of illegal drugs, cannabis is an issue not just for pot heads, it concerns everyone.

    Our policy on drugs has historically been drafted from ignorance, fear, prejudice and a refusal to acknowledge or address the huge problems caused by criminalising cannabis. I hope this book does something, in some small way, to redress that!

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