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Cannabis: A History [Paperback]

Martin Booth
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5 July 2004

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.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553814184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553814187
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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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An in-depth, insightful, accessible and entertaining study of the world's most controversial weed - and, after tobacco, alcohol and aspirin, the world's most widely taken drug.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's heavy stuff man 19 Aug 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prohibition Sucks 8 Jan 2014
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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'?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and adequately sceptical 24 July 2004
By Ted
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.
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