Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine

Title

Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine

Files

Document Type

Book

Description

In Dying to Get High, noted sociologist 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/Men’s 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.

ISBN

0814716679

Publication Date

8-3-2008

Publisher

New York University Press

City

New York

Keywords

Pharmacology, Alternative Medicine, Medical Marijauna

Disciplines

Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Health Policy | Pharmacy Administration, Policy and Regulation | Public Policy

Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine


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