What is the landscape of our cannabis knowledge? In his new book Jacob Levine author of the Cannabis Discourse: Facts and Opinions in Context (Jacob Levine, 2018) gives readers an overview of the perceptions, opinions, and arguments surrounding cannabis present in today's political discourse. Levine encourages the reader to “read between the lines” with the information that is out there, thinking through confirmation bias and issues like correlation and causality. This book emphasizes the context of our knowledge about marijuana. For instance, Levine gives insights into the racialized history of early marijuana prohibition. The book exposes readers to the various forms of cannabis all the way through medical use and legalization.
This book explains cannabis in a clear and accessible manner. Parts of this book could be used in any Sociology course discussion about drugs, and the book would be a good addition or supplement to any course around the social context of drugs or racialization and history of policies.
Sarah E. Patterson is a postdoc at the University of Western Ontario. You can tweet her at @spattersearch.