Cannabiz: The Explosive Rise of the Medical Marijuana Industry

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PoliPoint Press, 2010 - Political Science - 202 pages
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Cannabiz tells one the most important political and business stories of our generation: the transformation of a counterculture movement into a growth industry with staggering potential. Charting the rise of medical marijuana in California and 14 other states, award-winning journalist John Geluardi vividly recounts the movement’s early activism, its legal challenges and victories, and its emergence as a commercial and political force.

Tracing the history of marijuana in the United States, Cannabiz also reports on the industry’s key players, political allies and opponents, internal strife, and audacious aspirations—including a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in California. Along the way, Geluardi describes local efforts to regulate dispensaries, ranging from workable ordinances in some cities to bureaucratic paralysis in Los Angeles, where dispensaries came to outnumber McDonalds franchises. He also reports on efforts in Humboldt County, the heartland of marijuana cultivation, to keep pot illegal—and prices high.

Adroitly profiling this unique industry, Cannabiz tells a distinctively American story—one whose colorful characters and fascinating details evoke Prohibition and the Gold Rush.

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About the author (2010)

John Geluardi is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. For 10 years, he was a daily newspaper reporter and staff writer for SF Weekly. In 2008, he received three first-place awards from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club for stories on vice presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez, the legendary Caffe Trieste, and a series homicides that San Francisco police tried to classify as suicides. He has also received awards for his work on San Francisco Supervisor Dan White, who killed mayor George Moscone and fellow supervisor Harvey Milk in 1977.

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