Cannabis: A History

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Macmillan, Jun 1, 2005 - History - 448 pages
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To some it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable.

In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.

 

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Marijuana, pot, joint,leaf, ganja, cannabis sativa. Very polarizing stuff. Either it's seen as a gateway drug, leading the user toward harder and more dangerous drugs; or it's a harmless relaxant, a ... Read full review

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Booth, author of a sweeping history of opium, now offers a global history of cannabis, especially its production and uses as hashish and marijuana. In doing so, he tracks the plant's biological ... Read full review

Contents

THOUGHT
47
LOOSENING THE GIRDERS OF THE SOUL
120
CONVENTIONS COMMISSIONS AND CONTRABAND
135
MARY JANE COCKROACHES AND THE BLUES
154
WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT PRINT
174
NEW YORK NEW YORK
195
STARBUSTERS
207
DORA BEBOP AND THE VIPERS OF LONDON
220
THE TIMES THEY WERE ADJUSTING
290
ISLAND IN THE SUN
311
SWINGING IN LONDON STONED IN AMSTERDAM
324
THE UNIVERSAL FRIEND
340
THE BALM OF HOPE
351
THE INDUSTRY OF DREAMS AND DOLLARS
363
FUDGE COUNTERFUDGE AND THE FUTURE
377
BIBLIOGRAPHY
403

THE BEATS
234
TURNING ON TUNING IN AND RIDING THE BUS
249
ASHRAMS AND THE AGENTS OF CHANGE
275

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About the author (2005)

Martin Booth was an internationally known, Booker-prize shortlisted writer. His Opium: A History is regarded as the definitive book on the subject. He lived in Devon, England, at the time of his death in February 2004.

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