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    Martin Booth(Author)

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To some it's the classic "gateway drug," to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, while others feel it should be decriminalized. Whatever the viewpoint, cannabis incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on every corner of the globe is undeniable.

In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and religious enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.

"Amazingly informative and riveting...quite intoxicating." --"Financial Times" (UK) "Fascinating...a clear-headed and sustained case." --"The Sunday Times "(UK) "Even-handed, adult and good-humoured...original and thought-provoking." --"Sunday Telegraph" (UK) "Well-researched." --"The Seattle Times"

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  • PDF | 448 pages
  • Martin Booth(Author)
  • Picador USA; Reprint edition (Jun. 2005)
  • English
  • 5
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Guest on 29 May 2017

    Prob the best book written on a subject shrouded in mystery and mis-truth!

  • By Alan Coleman on 19 August 2004

    A valuable look at the history of one of the oldest forms of human inebriation. Covering religious, industrial as well as cultural usage throughout the world. Famous writers, infamous celebrities and barking mad politicians who have been associated with this herb either pro or anti are mentioned. It is not a piece of pro-dope propaganda but a genuine study of its subject, although reading about US experts who testified to congress that they had smoked grass and turned into a bat does make you wonder at times.

  • By Brian P Woods on 8 January 2014

    Very informative. Blew away lots of myths and legends. Just goes to show that political idiocy, driven by moronic, paternalistic fundamentalism can lead to the global success of a criminal monopolistic enterprise. Is that what Milton Friedman meant by a 'Free Market'?

  • By Ted on 24 July 2004

    In their zeal to build a strong case for legalization, proponents of marijuana often accept any evidence to support their agenda, however questionable. At the same time, anti-drug abuse factions long been pushing fiction as fact (the latest being the "Truth: the Anti-Drug" propaganda campaign). Any text covering this controversial subject has to do a decent job of balancing its anecdotes with adequate scientific scepticism. Although I am only a short way into the book (4 chapters) at the time of writing this, I find it presents a refreshing, fact-based approach to cannabis and its prohibition while maintaining a readable prose that remains direct and lucid.

  • By Dreamgenie on 23 July 2007

    Excellent book on the subject of Cannabis. Martin Booth looks at the subject from a common-sense angle, sadly lacking in the world of politics.If you're a cannabis user then you already know the common-sense approach. If you're not a user and prefer to investigate topics rather than blindly accept the view of the political world then read this book.Found it really helpful when completing a recent assignment on the effects that cannabis legalisation would have on UK society so there's lots in there to send academics off in search of gems as well!

  • By Mel Thomas on 29 December 2011

    It just feels as though his publisher thought this book would sell well after his other work 'Opium', so he wrote it to order. He waffles on about hippies and 1960's counter culture and doesn't address the real issues, namely corruption and multi-national corporations who conspire to keep marijuana illegal. I didn't like his style of writing and found the book a little unstructured, he leaps about a bit as if his research was done on the quick, as he finds something else out he just goes of on a tangent. He goes to great lengths to say hes not condoning cannabis use which is just a cop out, he doesn't seem to mind earning his money by writing about marijuana but he makes sure that he comes across as just an academic researching the plant. There are better books on the subject out there.

  • By Michael Robert Lambert on 19 February 2011

    An unbiased factual look at the History (obviously) and most if not all related pro's and cons of the hemp plant in all it's forms.I intend to read Opiates: A History, based on this book.


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