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Title:
Weed land : inside America's marijuana epicenter and how pot went legit
Author:
Hecht, Peter, 1956- , author.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
254 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
From the 1996 passage of California's Proposition 215, the nation's first medical marijuana law, through law enforcement raids, clinical studies that revealed medical benefits for cannabis, and the emergence of a lucrative cannabis industry, Weed Land reveals the changing political, legal, economic, and social dynamics around pot. Peter Hecht, an award-winning journalist from The Sacramento Bee, offers an independent, meticulously reported account of the clashes and contradictions of a burgeoning California cannabis culture that stoked pot liberalization across the country.
Language:
English
Contents:
The way it was supposed to be -- Oaksterdam -- Kush rush -- Reefer research -- The pot docs -- L.A. excess -- Wafting widely -- Courting compassion -- Martyrdom for the missionaries -- Campaign for cannabis -- A mile high and beyond -- Cultivating trouble -- Return of the feds -- Back to the garden.
ISBN:
9780520275430
Format :
Book

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Early in the morning of September 5, 2002, camouflaged and heavily armed Drug Enforcement Administration agents descended on a terraced marijuana garden. The DEA raid on the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana, a sanctuary for severely ill patients who were using marijuana as medicine, is the riveting opening scene in Weed Land, an up-close journalistic narrative that chronicles a transformative epoch for marijuana in America.

From the 1996 passage of California's Proposition 215, the nation's first medical marijuana law, through law enforcement raids, clinical studies that revealed medical benefits for cannabis, and the emergence of a lucrative cannabis industry, Weed Land reveals the changing political, legal, economic, and social dynamics around pot. Peter Hecht, an award-winning journalist from The Sacramento Bee, offers an independent, meticulously reported account of the clashes and contradictions of a burgeoning California cannabis culture that stoked pot liberalization across the country.


Author Notes

Peter Hecht is a senior writer for The Sacramento Bee. His reporting on the marijuana phenomenon was honored in the Best of the West journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California chapter, of the Society of Professional Journalists.


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Booklist Review

Even as resistance to legalizing marijuana eases, clashes between the perspectives of patient advocates, recreational users, cannabis capitalists, law enforcement, and various political factions continue to thrash out what legalization will look like. Journalist Hecht traces the journey toward legalization from a 2002 DEA bust on an idyllic California garden cooperative growing plants for suffering patients to legalization in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including legalized recreational use in Colorado and Washington. Hecht details the successes, setbacks, and culture clashes that took place in California, the epicenter of the debate, where legalization saw its first victories and greatest challenges and where the major effects on the economics, politics and social landscape were first apparent. Along the way, Hecht tracks an assortment of figures counterculture rebels and many who started as very unlikely advocates for legalized pot across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, who gained both ­medical and spiritual knowledge of marijuana as well as the political savvy to wage a long, hard battle. Readers interested in the evolving story of marijuana legalization will appreciate the scope of this book.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

With journalistic bravura, Sacramento Bee reporter Hecht captures California's odyssey to legalize marijuana with immediacy, personality, and objectivity. Hecht's blog, "Weed Wars," intimately covered the state's failed Proposition 19, and he bookends his story with the 2002 DEA raid on Mike and Valerie Corral's Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana, an event that shaped the struggle for states to craft compassionate use laws in opposition to the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The Corrals' operation also serves as an ongoing contrast between what could have been, and what was. Better structuring of the individual accounts into a sequential framework would have strengthened the narrative, but Hecht's absorbing reportage-featuring incisive portraits of passionate caregivers and easy-going Humboldt County hippie growers-recounts how research into marijuana's medicinal efficacy led to changes in state laws. Enter the power-players promising big bucks and other opportunists, and a chronicle of profiteering and inevitable public backlash emerges, leading to divisions within the movement, eventually culminating in a resurgence of federal crackdowns. Hecht's cautionary and deftly written account is an animated examination of how too much, too soon, almost doomed a movement. Agent: Jeff Gerecke, G Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

1 The Way It Was Supposed to Bep. 1
2 Oaksterdamp. 15
3 Kush Rushp. 30
4 Reefer Researchp. 45
5 The Pot Docsp. 64
6 L.A. Excessp. 79
7 Wafting Widelyp. 92
8 Courting Compassionp. 106
9 Martyrdom for the Missionariesp. 121
10 Campaign for Cannabisp. 138
11 A Mile High and Beyondp. 156
12 Cultivating Troublep. 170
13 Return of the Fedsp. 186
14 Back to the Gardenp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 239

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