Cannabis A History

ISBN-10: 0312424949
ISBN-13: 9780312424947
Edition: 2005
Authors: Martin Booth
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 6/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Martin Booth (September 7, 1944-February 12, 2004) was a prolific British novelist and poet. He also worked as a teacher and screenwriter, and was the founder of the Sceptre Press. Booth died after an 18-month struggle with cancer in 2004.

The fragrant cane
Out of the land of mulberry and hemp
A fibre of all seasons
The shrub of emotion, the morsel of thought
Myths and murderers
The herb Pantagruelion
A La Mode Du Hachisch
The pastor's son from Poughkeepsie
Cannabis R[subscript x]
Loosening the girders of the soul
Conventions, commissions and contraband
Mary Jane, cockroaches and the blues
When the legend became fact, print the legend
New York, New York
Star-buster
Dora, bebop and the vipers of London
The beats
Turning on, tuning in and riding the bus
Ashrams and the agents of change
The times they were adjusting
Island in the sun
Swinging in London, stoned in Amsterdam
The universal friend
The balm of hope
The industry of dreams and dollars
Fudge, counter-fudge and the future

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