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.

 

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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

CANNABIS: A History

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An investigation of the culture of hemp, the most widely distributed hallucinogenic on Earth.The cannabis industry is huge, certainly. It is a major crop worldwide, surpassing, for example, logging in ... Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
9
JUN
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THOUGHT
65
CONVENTIONS COMMISSIONS
163
THE LEGEND
206
I4 NEW YORK NEW YORK
229
STARBUSTERS
241
I6 DORA BEBOP AND THE VIPERS OF LONDON
255
THE BUS
286
THE UNIVERSAL FRIEND
388
THE INDUSTRY OF DREAMS AND DOLLARS 41 4
414
FUDGE COUNTERFUDGE AND THE FUTURE
429
BIBLIOGRAPHY
457
163
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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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