"Just in time: Martin and Rashidian bring us the first account of the lively new green economy that is springing up in the wake of marijuana decriminalization and legalization. This is a meticulously reported book and a firm rebuke to the continuing federal prohibition."
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch"A New Leaf is a comprehensive look at the political and social revolution taking place leading to the day when marijuana will inevitably be legal in all fifty states. The authors take us on a journey to meet the people on the front lines of this transformation."
Dale Maharidge, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning And Their Children After Them and Bringing Mulligan Home"With A NEW LEAF, Martin and Rashidian have given readers the most complete and up-to-date look at the history, science, politics, and personal stories of the movement for legalized marijuana. They drove across America four times to harvest the story. If there's something you need to know about weed, it's in here."
Mike Sager, Esquire, author of High Tolerance, A NovelWith great clarity, A New Leaf offers a sweeping and important view of today’s changing attitudes toward marijuana.
—Amy Wilentz, Author of the Rainy Season and Farewell, Fred Voodoo"A New Leaf is a wonderful read for anyone who wishes to have a better idea of how dastardly this prohibition has been, particularly in its last years. Fortunately, it is now virtually over and what we are seeing is a culture desperately trying to find accommodations to this 'new leaf' on the block and this read will be valuable in helping the neighbors to achieve a better sense of both its value and its history."
Dr. Lester Grinspoon, associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of Marihuana Reconsidered and Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine"Martin and Rashidian have crafted a superb, lucid look at why cannabis prohibition has hurt the world in ways many of us would have never guessed. They put a human face on sterile laws and policies, and provide the most up-to-date information on today's controversies about the plant. They treat readers to an accessible and well-documented explanation of the backhanded and thoughtless way we've arrived in our current predicament, and emphasize that thorough and considerate approaches are our only way out."
Mitch Earleywine, author of Understanding Marijuana"Nothing less than an indictment of a national disgrace—a must-read for anyone who wants to participate in the urgent conversation about cannabis legalization, drug policy reform, and the assault of the drug war on civil liberties."
Nadine Strossen, professor at New York Law School and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union“I thought I knew everything about cannabis and its journey toward legalization. Well, A New Leaf proved me wrong. I emphatically recommend this eye-opening book to everyone, especially those who believe they know the entire story. A must-read.”
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
About the Author
Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian are both award-winning journalists. Martin's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, and the Albany Times Union. Rashidian's work has been published in the New York Times, The Nation, and Tehran Bureau. This is their first book. They live in New York City. anewleafbook.com