The Botany of Desire Questions and Answers
by Michael Pollan

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In the chapter 3 of The Botany of Desire what argument(s) is Pollan making about marijuana? Use evidence from the chapter (quotations) to support your answer.

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The overall argument in The Botany of Desire is that plants control us just as much as we control them. That is, they access our  desires—for sweetness and beauty and pleasure—in order to ensure that we will care for them and help them propagate.  The relationship between us and them is, thus, generally symbiotic.

In Chapter 3 Pollen examines how marijuana  appeals to an innate drive to experience other forms of consciousness.  While it grows naturally in the wild it appealed to our desire for an altered consciousness so that it could be better cared for in places like indoor greenhouses and well-fertilized farms.

Here Pollen is not explicitly making an argument about whether marijuana is good or bad—he calls it a poison yet admits his attraction to it (117). On the surface, he is merely saying that the...

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