Mary Jane: What’s a Library To Do?
By Fern Hallman, M.Ln.
An extremely popular topic right now, both in the news and in publishing, is marijuana. At least 26 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form, and several other states may soon follow.
How does your library handle a tricky subject like this?
Publishers are taking advantage of this movement. There are lots of titles coming out about growing cannabis, cooking with it, healing with it, and legalizing it. There are also several books about starting your own marijuana-related business.
Some librarians take the approach that if their patrons are requesting titles on a particular topic, it’s their job to make them available. As a matter of fact, some library systems base their selections directly on patron demand. Others feel that it’s a waste of money and that books like these will “walk away” after one or two circulations. If your patrons are interested and your budget allows, here are some examples of the most recent books on marijuana.
Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana
By: Michael Backes
ISBN: 9780316464185 NYP 12/05/2017
Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain and Heal Your Life
By: Ray Ivker
ISBN: 9781501155888 NYP 09/12/2017
The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing Marijuana for Recreational and Medicinal Use
By: Greg Green
ISBN: 9781937866365 NYP 08/29/2017
Idiot’s Guides: Starting & Running a Marijuana Business
By: Debby Goldsberry
Marijuana Edibles: 40 Easy & Delicious Cannabis-Infused Desserts
By: Laurie Wolf
Big Book of Buds Greatest Hits: Marijuana Varieties from the World’s Best Breeders
By: Ed Rosenthal
More conservative libraries may want to stick with titles like these, which cover the basics in a fairly straightforward, uncontroversial way:
Legalizing Marijuana: Promises and Pitfalls
By: Margaret Goldstein
Is Marijuana Harmful?
By: Bradley Steffans
Marijuana: A Reference Handbook
By: David Newton
Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis
By: Joe Dolce
Whether you choose to provide these books for your patrons or not, it’s certainly a question for you to consider. Some patrons may regard your library as being more current and relevant when your collection reflects emerging trends and changes in public opinion.
Fern has worked for Brodart as a Collection Development Librarian since 1990. She also did a stint as a reference librarian in the CNN newsroom and is married to a newspaper librarian. Click here for more.