A New Leaf

The End of Cannabis Prohibition
Original Publish Date: Feb 03, 2015
Product Number: EB00668143
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781595589293
Publisher: The New Press
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Two award-winning journalists offer a "cogent, well-sourced and ambitious analysis of the slow decline of cannabis prohibition in the United States" (Kirkus Reviews). In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first in the United States and the world. Once vilified as a "gateway drug," cannabis is now legal for medical use in eighteen states and Washington, DC. Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts. 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis. In the first book to explore the new landscape of cannabis in the United States, investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian demonstrate how recent cultural and legal developments tie into cannabis's complex history and thorny politics. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, Martin and Rashidian interview patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. A New Leaf moves from the federal cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi to the headquarters of the ACLU to Oregon's World Famous Cannabis Cafe. The result is a lucid account of how cannabis legalization is changing the lives of millions of Americans and easing the burden of the "war on drugs" both domestically and internationally.

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