Cannabis: A History

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Macmillan, 16.06.2015 - 368 Seiten

To some it's the classic "gateway drug", to others it is a harmless way to relax, or provide relief from crippling pain. Some fear it is a dangerous drug with addictive properties; 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, dope, pot, weed, grass, ganja--incites debate at every level, and the effect it has on the cultures and economics of every corner of the globe is undeniable.

In this definitive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance, religious enlightenment, political subterfuge and human rights; of law enforcement and custom officers, cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, musicians, and happy-go-lucky hippies and potheads.

Booth chronicles the fascinating and often mystifying process through which cannabis, a relatively harmless substance, became outlawed throughout the Western world, and the devastating effect such legislation has 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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Marijuana, pot, joint,leaf, ganja, cannabis sativa. Very polarizing stuff. Either it's seen as a gateway drug, leading the user toward harder and more dangerous drugs; or it's a harmless relaxant, a ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

CANNABIS: A History

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An investigation of the culture of hemp, the most widely distributed hallucinogenic on Earth.The cannabis industry is huge, certainly. It is a major crop worldwide, surpassing, for example, logging in ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

1 THE FRAGRANT CANE
1
2 OUT OF THE LAND OF MULBERRY AND HEMP
19
3 A FIBRE FOR ALL SEASONS
33
4 THE SHRUB OF EMOTION THE MORSEL OF THOUGHT
47
5 MYTHS AND MURDERERS
59
6 THE HERB PANTAGRUELION
69
7 A LA MODE DU HACHISCH
79
8 THE PASTORS SON FROM POUGHKEEPSIE
93
16 DORA BEBOP AND THE VIPERS OF LONDON
220
17 THE BEATS
234
18 TURNING ON TUNING IN AND RIDING THE BUS
249
19 ASHRAMS AND THE AGENTS OF CHANGE
275
20 THE TIMES THEY WERE ADJUSTING
290
21 ISLAND IN THE SUN
311
22 SWINGING IN LONDON STONED IN AMSTERDAM
324
23 THE UNIVERSAL FRIEND
340

9 CANNABIS Rx
109
10 LOOSENING THE GIRDERS OF THE SOUL
120
11 CONVENTIONS COMMISSIONS AND CONTRABAND
135
12 MARY JANE COCKROACHES AND THE BLUES
154
13 WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT PRINT THE LEGEND
174
14 NEW YORK NEW YORK
195
15 STARBUSTERS
207
24 THE BALM OF HOPE
351
25 THE INDUSTRY OF DREAMS AND DOLLARS
363
26 FUDGE COUNTERFUDGE AND THE FUTURE
377
BIBLIOGRAPHY
403
INDEX
409
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Über den Autor (2015)

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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