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It's Just a Plant: A Children's Story about Marijuana Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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"Funny.. offbeat... a riot, with a series of characters explaining the glory of cannabis to a young girl and her mother." 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars ---New York Post
"It doesn't really matter whether It's Just a Plant is what it seems to be -- a highly earnest and enthusiastic children's book about marijuana -- or a sh--s-'n'-giggles hoax, or a self-aggrandizing attempt to shock the bourgeosie. It is what it is: A beautifully-illustrated, hilariously multee-cultee children's book about the history, botany, (il)legality and potency of good old Mary Jane. ---The Valley Advocate --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
now i'll tell you why i do not drink. because i was well informed what alcohol was and that although legal for parents, very bad for young growing minds. i always knew that, i knew it when i was 6, and it certainly didn't make me want to drink more. learning about pot the way i did only made me a million times more curious, because the information was so biased it lost its relevancy.
i think the best part about this book is its take on parenting. don't close the door on your child when they ask you the important questions, otherwise they'll have to find it out on their own eventually and there is no chance it will be to taught to them the way you wanted them to know it. make sure they have all the facts.
i think most of us can agree marijuana should be legal, atleast medicinally, and the prohibition of it is outdated and full of conspiracy. hemp is our greatest crop, it can be made into just about any kind of product. imagine how many trees we could have saved if the paper industry just backed off.
i think this book is beneficial because people fear what they are ignorant of and people abuse the forbidden. as an example, when i was younger, probably around 5 or 6, my nonno would put a few drops of wine in my sprite at dinner time. alcohol was never forbidden to me and if i wanted some all i had to do was ask (of course i wasn't given a whole lot, but it's the principle that's important). as a result of this alcohol was never a big deal to me as it was to some of my friends and while they were getting pissed drunk at 13, i would drink an appropriate amount so as to not even get dizzy or abstain all together. the point of the story is that the forbidden is very attractive, and while we all know this, this knowledge isn't put to good use very often. of course there must be forbidden things, that comes with having even an inkling of some sort of morality, which even the most 'amoral' person is guilty of possessing, but to make forbidden something that need not be so is foolish in my eyes.Read more ›
The main character in the text gets a realistic perspective on marijuana including exposure to marijuana legal issues, medical usage, and industrial (Hemp) usage examples.
As this is the only book today that boldly presents this subject matter to children, the book deserves a 5 star rating; however the fictional story & character development are simply average for children books.
Other suggestions for the rewrite: Spend more time focussing on the industrial uses of Hemp. Hemp is an earth-friendly product that can produce over 50,000 products that we use daily including paper, cloth, protein powders for famine infested regions, deisel fuel, and many others. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa; Marijuana), having been used and developed for thousands of years, has only been out of the hands of most humans for the last 100 years. Emphasis should be placed on what we are missing, an earth-friendly way to produce many products that are currently costing our planet lives as we struggle to avoid a plant that is truly one of God's purest blessings.
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