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Smoke signals : a social history of marijuana : medical, recreational, and scientific

Author: Martin A Lee
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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In this book the author, an Investigative journalist, traces the social history of marijuana from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in an ongoing culture war. He describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry. In 1996, Californians voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Similar laws have followed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin A Lee
ISBN: 9781439102602 1439102600 143912793X 9781439127933
OCLC Number: 759913570
Description: vii, 519 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Herblore : Black and blue ; New world hemp ; Elixirs and tinctures ; High on hash ; Sex, drugs, and the occult --
Prohibition : The Mexican connection ; The mighty Mezz ; Voodoo pharmacology ; A truth drug ; Cold War cannabis ; Writing the reality script --
Reefer rebellion : Seeds of change ; The riddle of THC ; Grass and acid ; A tipping point ; Legalize it! ; Flower power ; High spies --
The big chill : This means war ; Dr. Mikuriya's medicine ; The euphoria of secrecy ; Seeing is believing ; Rasta vibration ; In your face --
Just say never : Reefer sadness ; The laughing cure ; Home grown ; Going Dutch ; Drug-war doublespeak ; The hemperor --
From blunts to ballots : Bush v. weed ; The brain and marijuana ; Hip-hop hemp ; To live and die in San Francisco ; The pot club ; Crossing the rubicon --
Fire in the belly : Counterattack ; Unchartered waters ; Southern exposure ; Falling dominos ; The stake-out ; Veterans for drug-war peace --
Ground zero : Narcs gone wild! ; Show trials ; Physicians in the crosshairs ; The Supreme Court punts ; The long arm of the DEA ; Ten years after --
Mellow mayhem : Senior stoners ; An industry emerges ; Healing without the high ; Booze or bud? ; The green rush ; Suffer the children --
Appendices.
Responsibility: Martin A. Lee.

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In this book the author, an Investigative journalist, traces the social history of marijuana from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in an ongoing culture war. He describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry. In 1996, Californians voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Similar laws have followed in several other states, but not without antagonistic responses from federal, state, and local law enforcement. The author draws attention to underreported scientific breakthroughs that are reshaping the therapeutic landscape: 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. This book is an examination of the medical, recreational, scientific, and economic dimensions of the world's most controversial plant.

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