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Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed Hardcover – April 2, 2013

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About the Author

Alfred Ryan Nerz is a freelance journalist whose pieces have appeared in Esquire, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York. In addition, he has written for NPR and produced television shows on Spike TV and the Biography channel. He lives in Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drew Miller on April 19, 2013
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A thorough examination of America's history with Marijuana, wrapped in one man's personal journey. Thoroughly entertaining and a fast read. The author's quick witted and jaunty writing style speeds this story along. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Long on April 25, 2013
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I loved this book. It was very informative about the history, current situation, and laws regarding pot, and done in a very readable and exciting way. Ryan Nerz is a very good writer and his involvement in the shady California pot growing community, which grows and sells for legal medical purposes and illegal recreational purposes, was beyond exciting. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the "drug war" in this country, regardless of your feelings about it. It just might change your mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Greenbum on April 10, 2013
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Watch out fiction writers, because this non-fiction story is better then most you could dream up... entertaining, a page turner for sure! Take a trip down the rabbit hole into America's Largest CASH crop industry. From the historical perspectives to the modern day scene, this in investigative reporting at it's finest. A non-biased look into America's love addiction with Marijuana.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MorganFreeman on May 27, 2013
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This book rides a fine line. The author finds a balance between mimicking Hunter S. Thompson's style and providing interesting facts and insight that you generally wouldn't find in "gonzo" journalism. I don't really like having to evoke the connotations of gonzo or Hunter S. Thompson (I'm a fan but lets not pretend he was a good journalist) but the connection will inevitably be made and is written, explicitly, into the very first few pages of this book. However, by the time you're a few pages in and you get past the Fear and Loathing reference the style has probably already drawn you in. Alfred Ryan Nerz's personal story and narrative perspective on his journey and meta-commentary on his interviews make the book flow.

The book, obviously, is pro-regulation but Nerz's insight and consistent references to scientific studies and historical and anecdotal evidence afford him room to accurately critique both self-righteous stoners and irrational prohibitionists while taking all of it (mostly) seriously.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Moon on April 9, 2013
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Finally a book written about marijuana that doesn't buy into the "divide and conquer" mindset, that takes the middle ground and explains it like it really is! What an exciting story, reads like a good fiction book, and yet the truth of it shines through! Presents the facts instead of the propaganda from both sides and lets the obvious truth speak for itself, helped along every once in awhile with a hilariously sarcastic endnote which will have you rolling on the ground with laughter! If your a potsmoker or in the industry this is a must read! Even if you don't smoke you'll find this book highly entertaining!!!
Bodhi Moon
Author of "Master Gardener's Medical Cannabis Secrets; Learn To Grow Nor-Cal Style"
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By K. Ken on July 8, 2013
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Nerz immediately hooks the reader with his opening story of driving a trunkful of weed across I-80. This suspenseful moment is the highlight of the book. Afterward it tapers off and seems to float aimlessly through his encounters with drug dealers, growers, and other marijuana insiders. He fills the reader in with hilarious footnotes, which bring levity and entertainment though some of the duller moments in the book. He gives a relatively balanced (definitely pro-legalization/decriminalization) look into American drug policy. Overall it was worth the read.
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