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A New Leaf

The End of Cannabis Prohibition

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In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals. Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 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 present a deeply researched, insightful story of how recent developments tie into cannabis’s complex history and thorny politics. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, Martin and Rashidian enliven their book with in-depth interviews with patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. They whisk readers from the federal cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi to the headquarters of the ACLU to Oregon’s "World Famous Cannabis Café." They present an expert analysis of how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The result is an unprecedented and lucid account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions.

A New Leaf offers an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand the far-ranging implications of this rapidly changing drug landscape.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 23, 2013 – Investigative journalists Martin and Rashidian offer a carefully researched, accessible survey of current debates about the decriminalization of marijuana. They present the history of cannabis prohibition and explain how the U.S. is currently governed by three different sets of state laws while the Feds, particularly through the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security, continue to enforce the criminal federal laws. The authors look at the arguments regarding medical versus recreational marijuana, internal fights among proponents ("defective legalization or no legalization"), and growing public acceptance of marijuana possession versus strict federal legal guidelines, drug arrests, and imprisonment. In addition, the authors interview patients, nurses, growers, dispenser owners, and activists from states with medical cannabis laws. The result reads as a study of federalism versus state rights. While the authors don't have definitive answers, they make a clear argument that decriminalization of marijuana (now fully legal in Colorado and Washington) will happen in many other states, if not everywhere. Changing marijuana laws doesn't seem as scary a proposition by the end.

Customer Reviews

Investigative journalism at its best

The authors provide an incisive examination of the history, politics, and implications of legalization, which is particularly important at a time when the country's drug and regulatory landscape is rapidly changing. Through investigative journalism and clear-eyed analysis, this book diligently documents recent developments through a mix of memorable interviews with pertinent stakeholders as well as considerable research. Martin and Rashidian manage to provide a comprehensive take on recent milestones in a way that gives the reader an easy understanding of what’s at stake when it comes to such a complex issue. “A New Leaf” is a must-read for any citizen who wants to be informed about the past, present, and future of cannabis prohibition…

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Public Administration
  • Published: Feb 04, 2014
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Seller: Perseus Books, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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