By Peter Hecht
Early within the morning of September five, 2002, camouflaged and seriously armed Drug Enforcement management brokers descended on a terraced marijuana backyard – a medicinal and non secular safe haven for the ailing and demise. The DEA raid at the Wo/Men’s Alliance for scientific Marijuana, a sanctuary for critically unwell sufferers who have been utilizing marijuana as medication, stirs the hole of Weed Land, an up-close journalistic narrative that chronicles a transformative epoch for marijuana in America.
Moving from the passage of California’s Proposition 215, the nation’s first scientific marijuana legislation, via legislation enforcement raids and the emergence of a profitable hashish undefined, Weed Land unearths the altering political, felony, monetary, and social dynamics of pot. It deals an self sufficient, meticulously suggested account of the clashes and contradictions of a burgeoning California hashish tradition that stoked pot liberalization in other places, resulting in marijuana legalization votes in Colorado and Washington.
Written via Peter Hecht, an award-winning journalist from The Sacramento Bee, Weed Land takes readers into the laboratories of researchers who challenged federal drug coverage with medical reviews revealing the scientific advantages of hashish. It additionally explores an exploding marijuana market that pitches compassionate therapeutic with the natural pleasure of pot. And it takes readers contained in the legislations enforcement backlash – and unfolding results – of a federal crackdown on America’s biggest marijuana economy.
With journalistic bravura, Sacramento Bee reporter Hecht captures California's odyssey to legalize marijuana with immediacy, character, and objectivity...Hecht's soaking up reportage--featuring incisive photographs of passionate caregivers and easy-going Humboldt County hippie growers--recounts how study into marijuana's medicinal efficacy ended in adjustments in nation legislation. input the power-players promising titanic greenbacks and different opportunists, and a chronicle of profiteering and inevitable public backlash emerges, resulting in divisions in the stream, finally culminating in a resurgence of federal crackdowns. Hecht's cautionary and deftly written account is an lively exam of ways an excessive amount of, too quickly, nearly doomed a movement.
- Publishers Weekly
Sacramento Bee senior author Hecht chronicles how "reefer madness" divided the Golden State's pot-loving group and perpetually replaced America's attitudes towards marijuana. Hecht introduces readers to a cavalcade of characters on each side of the contentious marijuana factor. those comprise hard-assed narcs, wheelchair-bound activists, opportunistic marketers, cigar-chomping union chiefs and different various heroes of hemp. It's a fancy state of affairs roiling inside of a haze of red Hindu Kush, yet one within which Hecht is ready to carry commendable readability and context.
- Kirkus Reviews
In a drawing close e-book, Weed Land, Peter Hecht charts the evolution of California's scientific marijuana legislations, the 1st within the country. a lot of the momentum in the back of its passage got here from...AIDS activists and educational physicians like Donald Abrams at San Francisco normal health center, who verified the scientific benefits.
- ny evaluate of Books