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Books in WGTC Libraries

Books can be borrowed from any WGTC library. We can have a book from another WGTC library at the LaGrange campus library within thirty-six hours.

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Legalizing Marijuana - Kayla Morgan
Call Number: KF3891 .M2 M67 2011
ISBN: 9781616135232
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
This title gives readers a balanced look at the arguments surrounding marijuana legalization. Readers will learn the history of marijuana, the medical use of the drug, and its health risks. Also covered are the key players in the legalization debate and the progress of legalizing marijuana in California. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-follow text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

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Understanding Marijuana - Mitch Earleywine
Call Number: HV5822 .M3 E27 2005
ISBN: 9780195182958
Publication Date: 2005-04-14
Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana each year. And yet marijuana remainslargely misunderstood by both its advocates and its detractors.

This book is located at the Carroll Campus Library

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Medical Marijuana - Lynn Zott (Editor)
Call Number: RM666 .C266 M432 2013
ISBN: 9780737760569
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
"Medical Marijuana: Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected sources and publications"--

This book is located in the Coweta Campus Library.

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Blowing Smoke - Michael J. Reznicek
Call Number: HV5825 .R484 2012
ISBN: 9781442215146
Publication Date: 2012-02-16
Alcohol, opiates, cocaine and marijuana, among other drugs, have been used and abused for millennia. Prior to the disease model approach to drug addiction, which posits that addiction is a psychological and biological problem and that sufferers are victims, societies had a workable solution: let people consume what they want, and let informal cultural controls reinforce responsible behavior. Legal sanctions were reserved for any use that affected the safety of others. Blowing Smoke proposes an approach to the war on drugs that returns us to the pre-disease-model era. Dr. Reznicek asserts that addiction is not a medical problem to be treated in rehab or by prohibiting substance use. Rather, he debunks the disease model, arguing that it has exacerbated the problem by telling drug abusers that they are not responsible for their behavior, that they are sick, that they are not to blame. He skillfully argues for a new approach to drug use and abuse that requires a shift in the way we fight the war on drugs.Dr. Reznicek provides a new framework for understanding drug abuse: the habit model. Habits are practiced as long as they provide comfort, and are abandoned when they cause pain. The habit model is more consistent with current neuroscientific knowledge and it accounts for the widely observed phenomenon that most substance abusers don't change until they "hit bottom," the point where the consequences of drug use finally outweigh its benefits. Using the habit model, Dr. Reznicek suggests the solution to the drug problem is to turn back the clock, and to take lessons from societies that use social controls and consequences to deal with addiction and drug abuse. He recommends the legalization of drugs for adults, the implementation of social practices to dissuade abusers, and the end to the use of rehab as a way of handling addiction. Blowing Smoke shows how such an iconoclastic approach can work for us today.

This book is located in the Douglas Campus Library.



On campus link to GALILEO from the Library's page. Off campus you will need a passwod, which can be obtained in the library or from your instructor. Click on the Databases A-Z tab and search the following databases.


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Marijuana, Cannabis



Opposing Viewpoints




An excellent database that discusses both sides of many topics.



Marijuana, Cannabis, is a plant from the hemp family whose three varieties include Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. The main active chemical found in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which has mind altering effects which its dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers are smoked, ingested or used topically (such as in lip balms, creams, oils, or sprays). Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which means it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse. It cannot be classified in a manner of other drugs, meaning it is not a depressant, stimulant, sedative, etc., because its effects are so varied. While the use, possession and sale of marijuana are illegal under federal law, sixteen states and the District of Columbia have a variety of laws allowing for sale, possession and cultivation of marijuana for specific medical uses and two states (Colorado and Washington) have legalized marijuana for overall recreational use.



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