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

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 13, 2013 - History - 528 pages
“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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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

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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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