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Mr. Bock addresses both the political and philosophical argument in favor of freedom, both medical and political, in this consise book. He was evidently on the front lines and his reporter-like analysis is thorough and researched. All legislators, especially so-called "conservatives" need to get a copy of this book and read what it means to have the people stand for what they believe and work towards that goal peacefully and legally, and to see what government and its agents really do to stifle freedom and kill people. Please tell your friends about this book...
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Alan Bock, senior editorial writer for the Orange County Register, knows marijuana. Bock has covered California's medical marijuana initiative, Proposition 215, since the movement began in 1996. His book, Waiting to Inhale, gives its readers a smoking inside look at the forces behind the movement to give medical patients access to the legal use of marijuana. Bock leads us through a journey that begins with his sporadic involvement covering hemp and marijuana reform issues, and centers on the campaign to pass Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Act. In 1995, California patient-activists began the process to legalize the medical use of marijuana, and later enlisted the help of East Coast pros and big-money entrepreneurs such as George Soros. Facing opposition from just about every aspect of government, including most Federal, State, and local agencies, Proposition 215 passed, and the obstacle then became one of implementation in the face of bureaucratic and law enforcement tyranny. The voters of California had spoken. And clearly, they decided that no drug enforcement issues should stand in the way of medical patients who found that smoking a joint -- in private, on their own property -- could bring pain relief and a better quality of life. Immediately upon passage of the referendum, the drug war movement went into action. "Drug czar" General Barry McCaffrey threatened the arrest of doctors recommending marijuana; former czar William Bennett claimed stupidity on the part of the voting public for passing such a referendum; and the entire neocon-right asserted the for the children morality argument against "drugs". The issue of implementation soon became a question of State's rights vs. federal usurpation of powers.Read more ›
Alan Bock is a writer for the Orange County (CA) Register and an advocate for medical marijuana. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bock at a convention where he signed a copy of this book for me. I had heard of Bock before, and based on what I knew, I was confident that his book would be a good one. Bock dissects the medical marijuana issue, talking about the different initiatives that have come before the voters, the activists who helped get them on the ballot, the problem of effective distribution, and the interesting methods used by opposition forces to bring them down. Bock explains the history of this plant as a drug, reminding everyone how marijuana once was an ordinary, acceptable prescription drug used to treat many different ailments and how the federal governments' anti- marijuana propaganda was used to turn this relatively harmless drug into a Schedule 1, forbidden fruit substance- the same classification that includes heroin and crack. This book has many memorable parts that get you thinking, but I think my personal favorites are the chapters that talk about the reaction by the feds when each medical marijuana initiative passed its respective states. In each instance, when placed before the voters, the people have responded in decisive fashion, voting to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. And in each case, the feds reacted in a rather strange way. Instead of acknowledging the will of the people, Bock points out in the book that they tried to brush it off, claiming that the people had been "duped". This is a very weird reaction, and I think it speaks volumes. It shows that the feds had no intelligent argument against medical marijuana and had to resort to, in essence, a form of name calling.Read more ›
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