Cannabis on Campus is a comprehensive resource on the implications of marijuana legalization for college campuses. It is essential reading for college administrators and other professionals responsible for overseeing drug policy and addressing marijuana use in higher education. The authors use their considerable experience in college alcohol and other drug (AOD) counseling to provide a sweeping look at the cannabis culture found in our universities. Chapters alternate between historical context, research and analysis, and student interviews, providing an evidence-based, nuanced understanding of the role of marijuana use in today’s college campuses, as well as insights and recommendations for a post-legalization future.
Table of Contents
1. Tom 2. Cannabis, the Plant, and its History with Humankind 3. Jack 4. The Culture on Campus 5. Nora 6. The Widening Schism 7. A Battleground of Facts 8. Nate 9. From Prohibition to Prevention and Intervention 10. Cannabis Use Treatment 11. Scottie 12. In the Wake of Legalization 13. Changing the Dialogue
Jonathan Beazley, LADC, LMFT, is a licensed substance abuse counselor and marriage and family therapist with 38 years of experience. He has done numerous presentations, lectures, webinars, and podcasts on various aspects of substance abuse treatment and prevention, many of which have focused on college students and young adults. He is presently the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) interventionist at the University of Connecticut and has a private practice in Chaplin, Connecticut.
Stephanie Field, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and sits on the board of directors for the Connecticut Psychological Association. She has served as the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) specialist at the University of Hartford and is the principal author of Treating Traumatic Stress in Adults: The Practitioner's Expressive Writing Workbook. Her specialties include traumatic stress, substance use disorders, and expressive writing therapy.
"Cannabis on Campus is a timely, much-needed guide to the changing landscape of campus-based cannabis use assessment and treatment. The book excels in its presentation of case examples that are heartbreaking and moving. It is a pragmatic and useful book for campus substance abuse professionals managing what the authors call ‘the battleground of facts’ in the wake of legalization. This book is strongly written and easy to read!"
—Barry A. Schreier, PhD, director of the University Counseling Service and professor of counseling psychology at the University of Iowa
"Cannabis on Campus is the most comprehensive, well-researched, and engaging book on the subject of marijuana and its role in the lives of emerging adults that I have encountered. Beazley and Field have managed to take on this incredibly complex topic and present it with a clear, thoughtful, and objective voice. Given the speed at which the cannabis landscape is shifting, this is no small feat. Their contribution is timely, vital, and most welcome."
—David Albert, PhD, director of the Student Counseling Service at the University of Chicago
"Cannabis on Campus gives the reader an excellent overview of the history of a current societal quandary. Combining student interviews with in-depth description of the root issues affecting society, Beazley and Field have presented us with a well-written, readable, and evidence-based analysis. We all need a starting point to understand the complexities of adding another potentially addictive substance into our society through legalization, decriminalization, or medicalization. This book is a great place to start."
—Samuel M. Silverman, MD, FAPA, DFASAM, director of medical education at the Rushford Center
"Finally, there is a book that is willing to tell us the truth of what we know versus what we think we know regarding marijuana on college campuses! Beazley and Field provide readers with the most timely, honest, and comprehensive understanding of marijuana that I have ever come across in my career."
—John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC, chief clinical officer at Mountainside Treatment Center