Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 14, 2012 - Social Science - 528 pages
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A bestselling author of Acid Dreams tells the great American pot story— a panoramic, character-driven saga that examines the medical, recreational, scientific, and economic dimensions of the world’s most controversial plant.

Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry.

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Similar laws have followed in more than a dozen other states, but not without antagonistic responses from federal, state, and local law enforcement. Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, draws attention to underreported scientific breakthroughs that are reshaping the therapeutic landscape. By mining the plant’s rich pharmacopoeia, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic pain, and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.

Colorful, illuminating, and at times irreverent, this is a fascinating read for recreational users and patients, students and doctors, musicians and accountants, Baby Boomers and their kids, and anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of this ubiquitous herb.
 

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User Review  - rmharris - LibraryThing

An excellent, well-researched look at the US Government's attempts to curb the use of marijuana. Very upsetting in that Lee shows how the war on this particular drug has been guided more by concerns ... Read full review

SMOKE SIGNALS: A Social History of Marijuana--Medical, Recreational and Scientific

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Everybody must get…well, hip to the history of hemp and all the hobgoblins that made it heinous.Thus the seeming intent of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) founder Lee's (The Beast Reawakens ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
HERBLORE
9
PROHIBITION
38
REEFER REBELLION
72
THE BIG CHILL
116
IUST SAY NEVER
157
FROM BLUNTS TO BALLOTS
201
FIRE IN THE BELLY
248
GROUND ZERO
294
MELLOW MAYHEM
339
Postscript
393
Acknowledgments
405
Bibliography
475
Appendices
489
Index
495
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Martin A. Lee is the author of four books, including most recently Smoke Signals: A Social History of MarijuanaMedical, Recreational and Scientific. He is the cofounder of the media watch group FAIR and the director of Project CBD, a medical science information service. He is also the author of Acid Dreams and The Beast Reawakens, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Salon.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and TheDailyBeast.com.

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