Compact Research: Current Issues Reviews

Drug Legalization: ISBN 978-1-60152-012-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-297-9
School Library Journal, December 2009

Gr 9 Up Normally books on drugs, particularly those about marijuana, contain a section devoted to legalization. This book looks at marijuana, but also includes information regarding the legalization of a variety of other controlled substances. A beginning overview provides readers with relevant background and context. Chapters begin by posing questions such as, "Would legalizing drugs decrease crime?" or "Would legalizing drugs increase drug addiction?" The book provides different opinions, documented facts, and primary-source quotes to guide readers in forming and articulating their own responses. Color photos, charts, and graphs are interspersed. Lists of key people, advocacy groups, and related organizations complete the volume. Useful for persuasive writing and speaking assignments.
—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School Library, Lancaster, PA