Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

by Bruce Barcott


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The legalization of marijuana is the next great reversal of history. Perhaps the most demonized substance in America, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, simply a very fast growing herb, thrived underground as the nation's most popular illegal drug.

Now the tide has shifted: In 1996 California passed the nation's first medical marijuana law, which allowed patients to grow it and use it with a doctor's permission. By 2010, twenty states and the District of Columbia had adopted medical pot laws. In 2012 Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

The magnitude of the change in America's relationship to marijuana can't be measured in only economic or social terms: There are deeper shifts going on here - cultural realignments, social adjustments, and financial adjustments. The place of marijuana in our lives is being rethought, reconsidered, and recalibrated. Four decades after Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs, that long campaign has reached a point of exhaustion and failure. The era of its winding down as arrived.

Weed the People will take readers a half-step into the future. The issues surrounding the legalization of pot vary from the trivial to the profound. There are new questions of social etiquette: Is one expected to offer a neighborly toke? If so, how? Is it cool to bring cannabis to a Super Bowl party? Yea or nay on the zoning permit for a marijuana shop two doors down from the Safeway? Plus, there are the inevitable conversations between parents and children over exactly what this adult experiment with marijuana means for them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618931405
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Bruce Barcott, a former Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside magazine, and many other publications. The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, his critically praised true story of a woman fighting a global corporation and a corrupt government to save the world's most beautiful bird, was reviewed on the front cover the New York Times Book Review, and has been adopted as a "One Book" choice by a number of cities and colleges across the United States. His previous book, The Measure of a Mountain, earned the Washington State Governor's Award.

He lives on an island near Seattle with his wife, the memoirist Claire Dederer, and their two children.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Welcome 5

2 Here Is My Permanent Record 11

3 Pot's Cronkite Moment 15

4 How We Got Here 19

5 The Long Conversation 55

6 Two Suits in a Sea of Hemp Pajamas 67

7 You Might Want to Try the Joint Next Door 81

8 I Use It Before Church 91

9 The Washington State Scramble 103

10 The Marijuana Magnate Rolls Large 115

11 And There Will Be Treats for Everyone 129

12 Day One in Colorado 135

13 This Is Your Brain on Pot 155

14 These Are Reasons to Keep It Illegal 163

15 The Schizophrenia Question 173

16 Fatter, Dumber and Sleepier 187

17 Going International 195

18 Louisiana Rain 207

19 Small Catastrophes in Colorado 227

20 At the Cannabis Cup 231

21 You Are Number 121 245

22 In My Backyard 251

23 Doctors Without Data 261

24 Edibles Are a Problem 267

25 What Can Happen If We Do It Right 277

26 Day One in Washington State 283

27 Early Data 289

28 True Compassion 293

29 Classically Cannabis 305

30 The World Changed 313

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Fascinating, well written--a must read.