Legalizing Marijuana

Promises and Pitfalls

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

With the increase in states legalizing marijuana, understanding the debate about marijuana is more important than ever. Learn about the movement to legalize, the arguments on each side, and what it means for patients, state economies, and legal systems. Examine issues including the history of the movement toward legalization in the United States, efforts toward legalization around the globe, the risks/benefits of marijuana use, how it works in the body, safety regulations, economic impact of legalization, problems surrounding patchwork legalization across the nation, and the dark side of marijuana: addiction.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.9
Text Type Argument
BISACS YAN051070, YAN050040, YAN031000
Dewey 345.73/0277
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1310
ATOS Reading Level 9.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183685
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents



“Useful for debates, the book gives myriad pros and cons of legalization through the lenses of advocates and protesters. . . . A thoughtful presentation of the lows—and highs—of legalized marijuana.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[Goldstein’s] is the eye of a science journalist, and she writes with levelheaded clarity.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Used in conjunction with other resources, this will be a useful addition for high school research collections.”—School Library Journal

Author: Margaret J. Goldstein

Margaret J. Goldstein was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She is an editor and the author of many books for young readers. She lives in Palm Springs, California.