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

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andlt;B andgt;The bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Acid Dreamsandlt;/Iandgt; tells the great American pot storyand#8212;a panoramic, character-driven saga that examines the medical, recreational, scientific, and economic dimensions of the worldand#8217;s most controversial plant. andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 plantand#8217;s rich pharmacopoeia, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimerand#8217;s, diabetes, chronic pain, and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Smoke Signalsandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;Bandgt; is the winner of the American Botanical Council's James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2012andlt;/Bandgt;

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"In this accessible and well-researched analysis, Lee (Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond) offers a cultural reckoning of cannabis in its many incarnations, spanning from its first recorded utilization in 2700 B.C.E. to the present, but focusing primarily on its societal reputation and legal history in the U.S. Lee illumes the current hyperbolic political rhetoric surrounding cannabis against the backdrop of its status a century ago when one could order hashish candies from the Sears-Roebuck catalogue. His account proves to be unapologetically pro-legalization, tending to exonerate cannabis as being a solution devoid of any side effects or repercussions. When discussing the disparity between positive scientific or medical findings concerning cannabis and its modern vilification, Lee cites factors such as puritanical value systems, vested pharmaceutical and liquor lobbyists, and the economic profit of 'drug seizures' by law enforcement. At times, Lee's zealous championing of the legalization of cannabis as a panacea feels jejune and skewed, and his use of folksy prose can sometimes be distracting. Nevertheless, the book remains a compelling read and an excellent source of information on the topic. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The 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.

Smoke Signals is the winner of the American Botanical Council's James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2012

Synopsis:

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 worlds 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 plants rich pharmacopoeia, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, 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.

About the Author

Martin A. Lee is the author of three books, including Acid Dreams and The Beast Reawakens. He is the cofounder and director of Project CBD, an educational service that monitors and reports on developments in cannabinoid science and therapeutics.

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Senior Bob, July 31, 2013 (view all comments by Senior Bob)
In spite of growing up in the '60s, this senior have never tired grass or even wanted to. After reading Lee's book, I can't wait until I can legally buy cannabis and see if I can find a variety that better treats some of my medical conditions that prescription drugs can't rid me of. After reading the book, I have no doubt of that cannabis has great potential as an effective and SAFE drug. Unlike prescription drugs, the worst side affects of medical cannabis would be eating and talking too much.

I was in a constant rage reading Lee's book. The federal government lied about cannabis and hemp starting 80 years ago for political reasons, and has spent billions of dollars to prevent US citizens from access the cannabis' medical powers and hemps value as fiber source.

Lee is a proponent of cannabis use but provides a well documented history in an easy to read and understand narrative. A must read for an anti-pot citizen with an open mind. Even if you only accept half of Lee's documented stories, you will be outraged at the lies your government told and what was done to prevent the use of cannabis.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439102602
Author:
Lee, Martin A.
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 bandamp;w t-o
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this accessible and well-researched analysis, Lee (Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond) offers a cultural reckoning of cannabis in its many incarnations, spanning from its first recorded utilization in 2700 B.C.E. to the present, but focusing primarily on its societal reputation and legal history in the U.S. Lee illumes the current hyperbolic political rhetoric surrounding cannabis against the backdrop of its status a century ago when one could order hashish candies from the Sears-Roebuck catalogue. His account proves to be unapologetically pro-legalization, tending to exonerate cannabis as being a solution devoid of any side effects or repercussions. When discussing the disparity between positive scientific or medical findings concerning cannabis and its modern vilification, Lee cites factors such as puritanical value systems, vested pharmaceutical and liquor lobbyists, and the economic profit of 'drug seizures' by law enforcement. At times, Lee's zealous championing of the legalization of cannabis as a panacea feels jejune and skewed, and his use of folksy prose can sometimes be distracting. Nevertheless, the book remains a compelling read and an excellent source of information on the topic. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The 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.

Smoke Signals is the winner of the American Botanical Council's James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award for 2012

"Synopsis" by , 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 worlds 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 plants rich pharmacopoeia, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, 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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