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Grass roots : the rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America

by Dufton, Emily,

Format: Print Book 2017
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How earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and other ordinary Americans went to war over marijuana
In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued progress seems certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory forty years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. In Grass Roots , historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana's crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work.
During the 1970s, pro-pot campaigners with roots in the counterculture secured the drug's decriminalization in a dozen states. Soon, though, concerned parents began to mobilize; finding a champion in Nancy Reagan, they transformed pot into a national scourge and helped to pave the way for an aggressive war on drugs. Chastened marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoting pot as a medical necessity and eventually declaring legalization a matter of racial justice. For the moment, these activists are succeeding--but marijuana's history suggests how swiftly another counterrevolution could unfold.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dufton's balanced and thoroughly researched book traces the long and still unwinding history of marijuana policy and activism in the U.S. In the late 1800s, pot was used legally in pain-relieving tinctures, but by 1937, all forms became illegal. This drove marijuana underground, where it enjoyed cult status and remained broadly available, surfacing as the symbol of the 1960s counterculture. Moving forward, pro-marijuana groups, including the still-active NORML, lobbied state and federal governments with some notable successes, but soon the path was blocked by what Dufton says was effective lobbying by parent groups, who found Ronald and Nancy Reagan receptive to their cause. More recently, the emphasis has been on medical uses, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS pain relief, and the justice-reform movement, as mass incarceration of black youth was shown to be four to eight times the rate of whites for similar pot-related offenses. Today millions live in states where recreational and medical use is legal, but federal rules have not adjusted, and history shows that political and popular opinion can change unexpectedly. Stay tuned.--Kaplan, Dan Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Chronicling the movements for and against marijuana legalization in the U.S. from 1964 to the 21st century, American-studies scholar Dufton argues that grassroots activism and local organizing, rather than politician-led action, have had the most influence on marijuana-policy shifts. Though federal prohibition persists, nearly 70 million Americans live in states where cannabis is either medically or recreationally available. Dufton shows that getting to this situation was far from straightforward. Advocacy groups, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and individual activists emerged from the 1960s counterculture to make startling gains; by 1978, seven states had decriminalized possession. But responding to spikes in adolescent use, organized groups of concerned parents successfully pressured lawmakers to revoke these laws and gained sympathy from the fiercely antidrug Reagan administration. Antidrug momentum was blunted as cannabis's medical applications became more widely known and Californians passed the nation's first medical marijuana law by a 1996 ballot initiative. Current legalization efforts center on outrage over "racist arrest rates," prospective economic benefits, and the fact that "millions of Americans continue to smoke pot." Dufton makes a potent argument that, "more than any other legal or illegal substance, marijuana is a drug that makes people care." Agent: Rayhane Sanders, Massie & McQuilkin Literary. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Marijuana -- United States -- History.
Marijuana -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Marijuana -- Political aspects -- United States.
Marijuana abuse -- United States -- History.
Marijuana -- Therapeutic use -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 311 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-293) and index.
ISBN 9780465096169
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