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Ask The Puma Research Guides: Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana

The use of marijuana for medical reasons has been extremely controversial.  Marijuana has been used to treat people for chronic painful conditions, such as the nausea brought on by cancer-related chemotherapy.  Research has been done concerning the use of marijuana  as treatment for the pain of glaucoma (eye disease) and the wasting syndrome associated with AIDS.  A number of U.S. states, such as California and Vermont, have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.     


LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Term


  • marijuana therapeutic use (Subject)


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • HV5822 .M3
  • RM666 .C266


Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Carroll, Jamuna (Ed.). Marijuana: Opposing Viewpoints.  2006.

                        Call Number:  HV5822 .M3 M266 2006

  • Earleywine, Mitch.  Understanding Marijuana.  2002.

                      Call Number:  HV5822 .M3 E27 2002

  • Gerber, Rudolph.  Legalizing Marijuana.  2004.

                    Call Number:  HV5822 .M3 G47 2004

  • McMahon, George and Christopher Largen.  Prescription Pot.  2003.

                       Call Number:  RM666 .C266 M326 2003

  • Ratsch, Christian.  Marijuana Medicine.  2000.

                        Call Number:  RM666 .C266 R3813 2000


Reference Materials

  • Alters, Sandra.  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs: Information Plus. 2009. 

                       Call Number: SPEECHRF HV4998 .A43 2009                              

o   Pgs. 135-137

  • Gerdes, Louise (Ed.).  Opposing Viewpoints Series: Medicine. 2008.

                     Call Number: SPEECHFRF R130.5 .M43 2008 

o     Pgs. 116-125 (Articles by Grinspoon and Barthwell.)

  • Goldberg, Raymond (Ed.).  Taking Sides: Drugs and Society (6th Ed.). 2006.

                     Call Number: SPEECHRF HV5825 .T37 2006

o   Pgs. 174-195 (Articles by Grinspoon and McDonough.)

  • Marshall, Patrick. “Marijuana Laws.”  In CQ Researcher 2005. 2005.

                 Call Number:  SPEECHRF Speech Row 100

o   Pgs.125-148

  • Tardiff, Joseph (Ed.).  Contemporary Issues Companion: Marijuana. 2008.

                    Call Number:  SPEECHRF  HV5825 .M353 2008

o   Pgs. 57-91 (Articles by Harris, Wilson, Greenberg, and Okie.)


Electronic Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
  • Issues and Controversies
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, VCC East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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Last Revised on February 23, 2010

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