Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana

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Macmillan, Nov 15, 1998 - History - 447 pages
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Reefer Madness, a classic in the annals of hemp literature, is the popular social history of marijuana use in America. Beginning with the hemp farming if George Washington, author Larry "Ratso" Sloman traces the fascinating story of our nation's love-hate relationship with the resilient weed we know as marijuana.

Herein we find antiheroes such as Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mitchum (the first Hollywood actor busted for pot), Louis Armstrong (who smoked pot every day), the Beatles, and more rapscallions standing up for, supporting, smoking, and politicizing the bounties of marijuana.

With a new afterword by Michael Simmons, who has written for Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, and High Times, on the progress of the hemp movement and the importance of medical marijuana, Reefer Madness is a classic that goes on.

 

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Contents

Overture
1
Grass Roots
19
Early Heads
21
The Killer Weed Heads North Enter Mr Anslinger
29
The Bureau Responds
35
The Gore File
52
The Marihuana Tax Act Hearings of 1937
65
The Mighty Mezz and the Brooklyn Kid
84
Smoke Dolling Smoke
259
Amotivational in Suburbia
269
A Dealers Lament
288
The Only SemiLegal Pothead in America
311
The Cottage Industry
328
The Politics of Pot
337
The Aborted PieKill
339
Jack Cohen Is Normal
344

The Bureau Retreats
102
Marijuana Finds a Voice
126
The Jazz Musicians Pogrom
133
The Little Flower Meets the Swedish Angel
152
Allen Ginsberg Versus the Moloch Bureau
171
A Gumshoe Remembers Harry
187
Mary Warner Leaves the Ghetto
217
A Short Vacation in Hollidaysburg
246
MiddleClass Marihuanists
257
The Main Behind the Pie
356
The Old Guard Retreats
359
Moloch Revisited
365
The Pendulum Swings Back
367
In the Bunker with the in America
370
Ambush at the Calvert
389
Reefer Madness Reprise
392
AFTERWORD
397
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Larry Sloman, a.k.a. "Ratso," is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate in sociology. He has written for Rolling Stone and was editor-in-chief of High Times and National Lampoon. He collaborated with Howard Stern on the bestselling Miss America and Private Parts and is the author of a biography of Abbie Hoffman. He lives in New York City.

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