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Grass Roots

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America
Narrated by: Greg Baglia
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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How earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and other ordinary Americans went to war over marijuana

In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued progress seems certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory 40 years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. In Grass Roots, historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana's crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work.

During the 1970s, pro-pot campaigners with roots in the counterculture secured the drug's decriminalization in a dozen states. Soon, though, concerned parents began to mobilize; finding a champion in Nancy Reagan, they transformed pot into a national scourge and helped to pave the way for an aggressive war on drugs. Chastened marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoting pot as a medical necessity and eventually declaring legalization a matter of racial justice. For the moment, these activists are succeeding - but marijuana's history suggests how swiftly another counterrevolution could unfold.

©2017 Emily Dufton (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A lively, perceptive refresher course on the politics of pot." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Dufton makes a potent argument that, more than any other legal or illegal substance, marijuana is a drug that makes people care." ( Publishers Weekly)

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A must read

A great source to understand the history behind existing laws and the back and forth on marijuana regulations. A quite useful book to help you decide what is your personal opinion on the topic based on data and facts rather than fake news.

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  • 01-09-18

Interesting read

Most of the history was down well. Too often she was bogged down on politics, way too much beat down on Nancy Reagan, for example.

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