April, 2014 by Pegasus Books
As public attitudes about pot undergo rapid change, Roger Roffman’s portrait of marijuana in America rises above punditry and rhetoric. Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user. From lobbying in Washington, to talking to doctors and nurses in oncology wards, and watching his brother struggle with addiction, Roffman has experienced the layered and complex relationship Americans have with marijuana first-hand. With one foot on each side of the fence, at times feeling at odds with both camps, Roffman is on a quest to challenge those who insist we think of marijuana as a weapon of mass destruction, as well as those who would have us see it as a harmless source of pleasure and relief.
Cannabis Dependence: Its Nature, Consequences and Treatment. (2006)
Co-edited by Roger Roffman and Robert Stephens
“Cannabis Dependence is geared toward mental health professionals and students. With few academic books covering the topic of cannabis in general, this review immediately fills a glaring void by functioning as both a superb reference for the experienced clinician and a fine starting-point for those entering the field.”
Kevin P. Hill
Yale University School of Medicine
Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence: A Manual for Treating Adults. (2005)
Co-authored by Karen Steinberg, Roger Roffman, Kathy Carroll, Bonnie McRee, Tom Babor, Michael Miller, Ron Kadden, David Duresky, and Robert Stephens.
Provides guidelines for brief treatment and counseling with adults who are dependent on marijuana. Describes common treatment issues, assessment of marijuana use, motivational interventions, and how to change marijuana use through skill building.
Marijuana as Medicine. (1982)
“Although marijuana has not been approved by the FDA, Roffman believes that patients have a right to treat themselves, and he includes advice on how to get it and how to prepare and take it wisely. This is a balanced, well-presented, much-needed treatment of the subject.”
California State University Libraries
Using Marijuana in the Reduction of Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy. (1979)
“Professor Roffman’s publication is a balanced and accurate report. It provides a sound body of knowledge for the cancer patient and the physician as well, many of whom know little about marijuana (the pharmacology of marijuana is not part of most medical school curricula).”
Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D.
University Hospital, University of Washington