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"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 Novel

With 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; 1 edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595589201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595589200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin and Rashidian contend that the Great Recession has prompted a ‘green rush’ to create jobs and tax revenues from cannabis.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on February 14, 2014
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“A New Leaf” by Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian is a timely narrative and analysis about America’s rapidly changing relationship with cannabis. Martin and Rashidian are award-winning journalists who succeed at bringing this fascinating, dramatic and important story to life. This well-written book helps readers understand why the American people have declared an end to the war on weed including what the future may hold.

Martin and Rashidian believe that cannabis criminalization bears a resemblance to the failures of alcohol Prohibition. The authors briefly discuss the use of cannabis through the centuries, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, and the science of how cannabis provides a number of therapeutic benefits to humans. Of course, the authors critique the U.S. government’s regressive and inhumane cannabis policies from the use of misinformation and propaganda in the 1930s to criminalization in the 1970s and militarization from the 1980s to today. The weight of the author’s evidence suggests that the so-called War on Drugs has largely been about empowering the police state while repressing millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens; especially minorities and the poor.

Martin and Rashidian tell the story of how courageous Americans have pushed back against institutionalized injustice. We learn how sick patients in San Francisco inspired a medical marijuana movement that has subsequently spread across the country through dozens of state referendums and legislations. However, the authors discuss how contradictions in the patchwork of state and local laws have created myriad problems for entrepreneurs and consumers.

Martin and Rashidian contend that the Great Recession has prompted a ‘green rush’ to create jobs and tax revenues from cannabis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette Brown on January 26, 2014
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The authors provide an incisive examination of the history, politics, and implications of legalization, which is particularly important at a time when the country's drug and regulatory landscape is rapidly changing. Through investigative journalism and clear-eyed analysis, this book diligently documents recent developments through a mix of memorable interviews with pertinent stakeholders as well as considerable research. Martin and Rashidian manage to provide a comprehensive take on recent milestones in a way that gives the reader an easy understanding of what’s at stake when it comes to such a complex issue. “A New Leaf” is a must-read for any citizen who wants to be informed about the past, present, and future of cannabis prohibition…
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis Emory on March 9, 2014
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I would recommend it to anyone looking for an honest and unbiased view into the current events / history of US cannabis prohibition. It was frustrating to learn about the lack of research the US government had done prior to passing laws and its continuing efforts to waste tax payers money demonizing and prosecuting cannabis users. Hopefully voters in oppressed states will read this book and gain a better understanding of why cannabis prohibition needs to end and the role they can play in acheiving that end.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chester A. Arthur on March 23, 2014
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A comprehensive synopsis of the history of cannabis legislation in America, "A New Leaf" provides an enlightening look into the systematic and flawed approach the federal government has taken to outright ban a substance more and more Americans agree can, and should be used, legally and hassle free.

Using the 2012 landmark victories for legalization in Colorado and Washington as a framework, authors Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian expertly narrate their trek across America, documenting the experiences and viewpoints of different legislators, experts, patients prescribed marijuana, distributors and everyone in between on the topic of decriminalizing pot.

Among other interesting avenues explored by Martin and Rashidian, is the similarity between the prohibitions of alcohol and cannabis. While one limit was swiftly rescinded, the other, through a series of dark, baseless and at times, racist motivations has been upheld as a political tactic, even in the face of increasingly documented medical productivity. Starting with a drug war initiated by Richard Nixon, and later championed by Ronald Reagan, that has cost more than $1 trillion, the authors patch together expert opinions, scientific explanations of human interaction with marijuana and testimonies from countless patients who depend on it to live a more pain free life, to illuminate the societal shift the country has witnessed in the past two decades. Moreover, when discussing the particularly brutal battles waged by drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics across the Mexican border into the United States, Martin and Rashidian estimate full legalization would take away billions of dollars from an international trade that has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shahrzad ghamsary on November 25, 2014
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I would consider this book as the go-to guide - Bible even - for everything you need to know about cannabis in this country. This book concisely encompasses the detailed history of prohibition, and provides unique context that no other source has done so far. When reading each chapter, you feel as though you are on the fast-forward journey of prohibition and the evolution of cannabis regulation over the decades. Martin and Rashidian do a great job of contrasting the science and the politics - not too detailed and not too shallow compared with similar texts.

For those who called this book boring - if you're looking for a book that provides funny stories about smoking pot, this book is not for you. If you're looking for a comprehensive 101 on the evolution of cannabis in this country, this is your read!
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