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    Martin Booth(Author)

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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.

"Enlightening...a very engaging history." (Daily Telegraph)"Booth tells this story with admirable restraint...this book should be on the shelf of anyone interested in human freedoms and bad laws." (Independent)"So good no one will need to do another for at least fifty years...mesmerizing detail, fantastical digressions, lots of jokes and wry asides." (James Delingpole Literary Review)"A testament to the late Booth that he could make such a boring subject so interesting." (Sunday Times)"A colourful tale ... Chronicles the remarkable and often mystifying process through which cannabis became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has had on the global economy." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • PDF | 496 pages
  • Martin Booth(Author)
  • Bantam; New Ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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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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