Cannabis: A History

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Random House, Sep 30, 2011 - History - 496 pages

To some it's antisocial anathema, to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provides relief from crippling pain. Some fear it is a dangerous drug that leads to 'reefer madness' and addiction; to others still it is a legal anomaly and should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, and by whatever name it is known, cannabis - or marijuana, hashish, pot, dope, kif, weed, dagga, grass, ganja - incites debate at every level.

In this definitive study, Martin Booth - author of the acclaimed OPIUM: A HISTORY - charts the history of cannabis from the Neolithic period to the present day. It is a fascinating, colourful tale of medical advance, religious enlightenment, political subterfuge and human rights; of law enforcement and customs officers, smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, musicians, hippies and pot-heads.

Booth chronicles the remarkable and often mystifying process through which cannabis, a relatively harmless substance, became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has had on the global economy. Above all, he demonstrates how the case for decriminalization remains one of the twenty-first century's hottest topics.

 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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THE FRAGRANT CANE
15
OUT OF THE LAND OF MULBERRY AND HEMP
35
3
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13
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4
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5
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THE HERB PANTAGRUELION
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15
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DORA BEBOP AND THE VIPERS OF LONDON
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20
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ISLAND IN THE
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AMSTERDAM
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THE PASTORS SON FROM POUGHKEEPSIE
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9
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LOOSENING THE GIRDERS OF THE SOUL
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11
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MARY JANE COCKROACHES AND THE BLUES
184
WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT PRINT
206
NEW YORK NEW YORK
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THE BALM OF HOPE
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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An internationally known and admired writer and biographer, Martin Booth was also an acclaimed novelist - his THE INDUSTRY OF SOULS having been shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize. His penultimate book was CANNABIS: A HISTORY, and he died in February 2004 shortly after completing GWEILO.

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