Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific
“Hallelujah and glory be to Smoke Signals, Martin Lee’s bodacious new book…Lee chronicles everything and everyone worth chronicling in the annals of marijuana” (High Times).
This is the great American pot story, a dramatic social exploration of a plant that sits at the nexus of political, legal, medical, and scientific discourse. From its ancient origins, to its cutting-edge therapeutic benefits, to its role in a culture war that has never ceased, marijuana has evolved beyond its own illicit subculture into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Since 1996, when California voters approved Proposition 215, dozens of state and local governments across the country have circumvented federal authority to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Mining the plant’s rich botanical properties, medical researchers are now developing promising marijuana-based treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic pain, and many other conditions. Martin Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, examines this complex landscape where legal ambiguity meets scientific breakthrough in a panoramic, character-driven saga.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 ScientificUser Review - 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