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Recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice



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



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 dug deeply into the digital and paper archives of Mexican popular media (newspapers and broadsides), government agencies, and medical and botanic sciences, from the age of conquistadors to the twentieth century. . . . Worthy of praise.--World Medical and Health Policy



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



A wonderfully unique discussion of the historical context of the origins of marijuana that no author has provided before.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians



A notable contribution.--The Historian



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



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



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

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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



This book is erudite, engaging and extremely relevant. A multidimensional history of marijuana, it examines the drug as an ancient commodity (both 'Oriental' and deeply Mexican), the beliefs about its effects through violent madness, and the prohibitionist obsession that, as Campos argues, Mexico also exported to the United States.--Pablo Piccato, Columbia University



Isaac Campos is, for my money, the best historian at work today on the history of marijuana, and he has written the best book that anyone could read on that topic.--John Charles Chasteen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; First Edition 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)
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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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A great book (AND a required book) for background in understanding more on the history and attitudes surrounding the United States' war on Marijuana.
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