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Reefer Madness: A History of Marijuana 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0312195230
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Editorial Reviews

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Reefer Madness expertly and entertainingly charts the course of the killer weed from Colonial hemp crops to the present proliferation of pot as the biggest underground industry since bootleg booze.” ―Playboy

“Everything you always wanted to know about the history of grass in America--but were too stoned to ask.” ―Gene Schoenfeld, M.D. ("Dr. Hip"), author of Dear Dr. Hippocrates

“Ounce of ounce, Reefer Madness packs more highs than a pound of sinsemilla.” ―Frank Fioramonti, NORML board of directors

“The most objective, definitive book ever written on pot.” ―Pitt News

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Praise for Reefer Madness:

"Reefer Madness expertly and entertainingly charts the course of the killer weed from Colonial hemp crops to the present proliferation of pot as the biggest underground industry since bootleg booze." --Playboy

"Everything you always wanted to know about the history of grass in America--but were too stoned to ask." --Gene Schoenfeld, M.D. ("Dr. Hip"), author of Dear Dr. Hippocrates

"Ounce of ounce, Reefer Madness packs more highs than a pound of sinsemilla." --Frank Fioramonti, NORML board of directors

"The most objective, definitive book ever written on pot." --Pitt News

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (November 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312195230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312195236
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That is a pun based on the movie Reefer Madness which was originally called Tell your children. Now we have a book by Larry Sloman called Reefer Madness which documents the history of marijuana in the United States. Larry Sloman was once editor in chief at High Times magazine so it goes without say where he stands on the issue of the marijuana laws. There are points when his bias does show through a bit but overall he does mainly stick to the facts in the history of reefer. This is a very informative book with a lot of facts that many Americans do not know. I learned a lot about the origins of a lot of laws in this country. There are times he speculates on what various politicians are thinking when they meet or pass certain laws. This I do not like because he wasnt there and cant really know. I think the facts on their own speak loudly enough without this added feature. I do respect that he humanizes Harry Anslinger and discusses Anslingers dedication to an ailing wife and his fervent belief in his cause. I agree that Anslinger is responsible for one of the stupidest and most unconstitutional laws in this countrys history but he was still human. I also like that Sloman brings up the racial aspect of the dope laws which is still a major factor in the War on Some Drugs today. The ONDPC and DARE may not want you to read this book but it is probably closer to the truth than most of the propoganda they are shovelling.
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Any person who believes that the U.S. government's official policy on marijuana is ridiculous and founded on myth rather than fact should read this book. It provides a meticulous review of the history of this drug in the USA, detailing in incredible detail the progression of the U.S. government's official position on the legal status of the drug. I found it to be very interesting, and easy to read. Any person who wants to know the true FACTS about this drug -- from initial movements by governmental officials to categorize it as a hazardous and illegal substance, to the examination of it's widespread use among a variety of subgroups in American society -- should read this book if they want to develop an effective, and accurate, argument on the subject.
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Reefer Madness can be easily split into two parts. One is a great, highly researched history of marijuana and its legality in America. The other is a overly long and narrow look at marijuana and it's use by middle-class Jewish people in the 40's, 50's, and 70's. The history of legality follows Commissioner Anslinger of the Narcotics Bureau attempts to humanize the man who seemingly invented the scourge of marijuana. This third of the book successfully shows how one man can leave their mark on American laws. It shows how marijuana was never perceived as a threat until Anslinger created the threat out of thin air. Reefer Madness was written in 1979. It is unfortunate that we miss out on this highly researched information on the 80's forward.

The last two thirds of the book are transcribed discussions the author has with a variety of middle-class Jewish people about the 40's, 50's, and 70's. No minorities or working class people are interviewed. The 60's are hardly discussed. Marijuana culture outside of America is barely talked about. For a sociologist, a very narrow slice of America is investigated.

Simply put, this is not a comprehensive history of marijuana in the world or America. It is a good history of early marijuana hysteria and laws. Everything else is better viewed as a 200 page slice of life of the middle class' view of marijuana in the late 70's. I was hoping for more history and looks at cultures other than Americans from 35 years ago.
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This product was exactly as advertised and provides the best bang for the buck. I would Highly recommended to anyone interested!
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I read a couple of years ago, it starts out as a history book but turns into pot smoking stories. Like the author lost his way.
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