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Cannabis: A History
 
 
Author
Martin Booth.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780312424947
Pages/Publication Date 429/2003
Daedalus Item Code 30559
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"In this densely packed, wide-ranging history, [Martin] Booth draws on religion, history, ecology, horticulture, linguistics, pop culture, and medical research to correct the falsehoods surrounding the oft-banned plant and to painstakingly build his case that the war on cannabis has little to do with concerns for public health or order. Along the way, Booth introduces a dizzying parade of historical persons that includes visionaries, scientists, beatniks, farmers, artists, soldiers, and smugglers. Unlike many of the other more partisan books on cannabis, the overall tone of Booth's volume is objective, unemotional, and factual—a stance that makes for fine impartial argument.... The book's attention to detail lures the reader ever more deeply into cannabis history. Descriptions of hip, mid-century New York, London, and Amsterdam, for example, help illuminate the role of cannabis in more recent cultural movements. And a quick survey of the myths about the drug's psychological effects shows how laws banning cannabis were often used as an excuse to suppress blacks and migrant Mexican workers. Booth also discusses provocative legal, political, and economic actions (for and against cannabis) that have affected millions of people. In his profile of a plant that can be an intoxicant, fiber, cooking ingredient, medicine, and potential source of environmentally friendly products, he gives readers a fascinating sourcebook about 'the most widely produced, trafficked, and used illicit drug on earth'."—Publishers Weekly
 
 
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