Cannabis: A History

Paperback | June 30, 2005

byMartin Booth

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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.

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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 c...

Martin Booth was an internationally known, Booker-prize shortlisted writer. His Opium: A History is regarded as the definitive book on the subject. He lived in Devon, England, at the time of his death in February 2004.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.32 × 5.62 × 0.84 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312424949

ISBN - 13:9780312424947

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read to quell ignorance This book is a down to earth no nonsense look at one of the most popular/controversial substances known to man. From the humble beginnings in pagan rituals to the real life medical benefits and ridiculous ignorance and demonization of cannabis, this book covers all these topics and more in rich detail. If you are a person who wants a clear, concise information regarding cannabis without all the rhetoric and governmental ‘drug war’ clout, this is the book to read.
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