Weed the People

Weed the People

The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

Book - 2015
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The legalization of marijuana is the next great reversal of history. Perhaps the most demonized substance in America, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, simply a very fast growing herb, thrived underground as the nation's most popular illegal drug.

Now the tide has shifted: In 1996 California passed the nation's first medical marijuana law, which allowed patients to grow it and use it with a doctor's permission. By 2010, twenty states and the District of Columbia had adopted medical pot laws. In 2012 Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

The magnitude of the change in America's relationship to marijuana can't be measured in only economic or social terms: There are deeper shifts going on here - cultural realignments, social adjustments, and financial adjustments. The place of marijuana in our lives is being rethought, reconsidered, and recalibrated. Four decades after Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs, that long campaign has reached a point of exhaustion and failure. The era of its winding down as arrived.

Weed the People will take readers a half-step into the future. The issues surrounding the legalization of pot vary from the trivial to the profound. There are new questions of social etiquette: Is one expected to offer a neighborly toke? If so, how? Is it cool to bring cannabis to a Super Bowl party? Yea or nay on the zoning permit for a marijuana shop two doors down from the Safeway? Plus, there are the inevitable conversations between parents and children over exactly what this adult experiment with marijuana means for them.
Publisher: New York, NY : Time Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781618931405
1618931407
Characteristics: x, 325 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 362.295 BAR

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Thai5357
Feb 18, 2016

Well-researched and beautifully written. The information presented helped me come to my own conclusion about my stance on the matter. The author does a great job at presenting all sides and letting the reader analyze the information on their own.

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garthburlingham
Aug 28, 2015

A thorough piece of reporting. I give it a 7 out 10 for interest though, because the author is scrupulous about not delving too deep into the underground. For those wanting a new portal into the scene this book is efficient. For the more informed this is not your book.

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broo
May 06, 2015

Quite insightful and non-sensational examination of a comparatively innocuous drug which has been unfairly demonized in this country for far too long!

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