Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America’s Most Outlaw Industry

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Greg Campbell, coauthor of the bestselling Flawless and Blood Diamonds, presents a compelling, close-up investigation of a hot-button topic: America’s schizophrenic attitude to the legalization of pot.

 
Campbell, a suburban father whose biggest vice is a cold beer, seems like the last person who would grow weed in his basement. But his attitude changed in 2009, when his home state of Colorado led the nation in mainstreaming medical marijuana. Watching with fascination as above-board and financially thriving dispensaries popped up everywhere, Campbell wondered, “Why not me?” Pot, Inc. chronicles Greg’s journey into DIY ganjapreneurialism, as he learns how to cultivate marijuana, examines America’s often unduly harsh laws, and unearths ignorance about pot’s centuries-old therapeutic value–ignorance the government is desperate to maintain. Along the way, he also gains a very personal insight into the drug’s medicinal value that shapes his opinion about legalization.

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  1. Mary Chipman
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    A must-read on a complex, controversial topic, May 24, 2012
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    Mary Chipman (West Palm Beach, FL USA) –

    This review is from: Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America’s Most Outlaw Industry (Hardcover)

    Greg Campbell appears to have been the perfect person to write this book, which I read in one gulp, being unable to put it down. He starts out from a neutral, non-partisan position, bringing his curiosity, investigative skills and objectivity as a journalist to the task. Along the way he sorts the truth from the many fictions propagated in the “war on drugs”, exposing the racist origins of the current laws. He lays bare the follies and fictions that underlie the whole misbegotten enterprise one by one as he uncovers them, taking the reader along for the ride in his search for the truth. So much of what is “common knowledge” about marijuana is completely unsupported by science, statistics or common sense. I had always assumed that there was some harm in marijuana, and I was surprised to learn about the reams of testimony to the contrary by reliable sources (such as the AMA), and that the Federal government had suppressed this evidence and ignored the recommendations of the experts. So many have been incarcerated and had their lives needlessly ruined for mere possession of a plant that grows naturally on the earth, at great cost to society. It’s ironic that cannabis is the largest cash crop in the U.S., for which the government gets zero tax dollars while pouring countless millions down the rat hole of the lost war on drugs. So my questions after reading the book are: (1) What part of the Constitution gives the government the right to dictate what consenting adults consume in the privacy of their own homes as long as they are not harming anyone, even themselves? And (2) what part of a just and compassionate society denies those dying and in terrible pain the one substance that makes their lives bearable? I hope this book is widely read as this is a non-partisan, libertarian issue. The Declaration of Independence affirms our sovereign right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and our history confirms that sometimes you have to fight for those rights, they don’t just happen.

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  2. Laura Pritchett
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    Great writing. Great reporting. Great topic., May 17, 2012
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    This review is from: Pot, Inc.: Inside Medical Marijuana, America’s Most Outlaw Industry (Hardcover)

    A caveat to start: I don’t enjoy pot myself, it’s just not my thing; but I have several disabled/injured friends who swear by the medicinal qualities and so I’m a proponent of legalization. It’s a tricky topic, though (how much? to whom? which doctors and for what conditions? how to dispense? driving/blood limits, etc and etc), and my home state of Colorado has been in the forefront of the efforts to figure out all that mess. To which I say: Good! Because someone needs to figure it out. This book does an amazing job of reporting on all sorts of issues, and the writing is just fantastic (funny, wise, honest, real). I highly recommend.

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