Life after prohibition is an uncharted landscape with lots of new opportunities to shift our culture to one with less stigma around the use of the cannabis plant. JADEO members may represent those of us who are pro-legalization, but what if you find yourself in conversations with prohibitionists? Having a very good grasp on the context of our new freedom with legalization could help you speak with any of these individuals, or with someone you love who could benefit from medicinal cannabis but fears how others may judge them. There is an entire history of cannabis to put into perspective when being an advocate or an informed friend, so we wanted to showcase a few books to pick up which help break the stigma around this important topic for JADEO members.
An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada
By Susan Boyd
One of the lesser known books on cannabis topped our list because it’s specific to the history of cannabis prohibition in Canada. Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition that provides insights on the resistance to that prohibition. “Reproducing over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination.” Her beautifully designed book demonstrates through a look into the history how prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits. The book acknowledges the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for cannabis-related offences, and the current drug overdose crisis.
“Busted is a book that should be read by all those who wish to understand our convoluted drug policy. Combining historic and modern graphics with scientific facts, the book allows readers to grasp the insanity of drug laws.”
— Senator Larry Campbell
By Joe Dolce
In Brave New Weed, former editor-in-chief of Details and Star, and author Joe Dolce, goes to Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado, where he “skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant.” As he travels the globe he "tears down the cannabis closet" in an attempt to demystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask.
Looking back at the war on cannabis which has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective since legalization has begun to catch fire, that is allowing us all to reconsider our beliefs. Dolce traces its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant. As a result he paints “a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us.”
by Steve DeAngelo
Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must become broadly legalized. In The Cannabis Manifesto he shares his view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use, challenging readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about cannabis.
A compelling overview of the state of cannabis today, DeAngelo explains how “prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom.” His book answers essential questions about the plant, using extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion about cannabis science and law, as well as its biological, mental, and spiritual effects on human beings.
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