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Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs Hardcover – April 23, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835388
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Home Grown is a must read for historians, criminologists, analysts, and policy-makers, alike, especially those interested in understanding the origins of Mexico's current political and social unrest, the cultural underpinnings for marijuana prohibition, or the broader 'War on Drugs.'--Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Review

An engaging work of sociocultural history. . . . It deserves a wide reading.--The Americas

A notable contribution.--The Historian

Recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice

Campos remedies the scarcity of historical work on the origins of drug prohibition in Latin America while pointing out the need to better understand the causes and consequences of these prohibitions if we are to grasp the current 'War on Drugs.' . . . [This] book is a call to arms.--American Historical Review

Home Grown is a necessary resource for any scholar of drug cultures, drug prohibition, or Mexican studies.--Journal of Historical Geography

A most welcome and important contribution to the history of marijuana prohibition. It has broadened our understanding of how we got to this place, and it belongs on the book shelf of every serious student of the topic.--Drug War Chronicle

You don't have to be a 'pothead' to enjoy and learn from Isaac Campos's pioneering and carefully researched inquiry into the special plant-commodity identified botanically as cannabis. . . . Campos's study comprehensively examines the ecological, sociocultural, and political dimensions of the history of human interaction with a plant.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Campos has reconfigured our understanding of the flow of ideas about marijuana.--Hispanic American Historical Review


Rigorous, learned, and accessible, Home Grown offers the richest account yet of marijuana's early history in Mexico. It is cultural history at its best--interdisciplinary, materially grounded, deeply researched, and full of discoveries.--Emilio Kouri, University of Chicago

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By T. Schroeder on October 16, 2014
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So good, I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Provides much-needed context to the origins of the North-American war on cannabis.
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