Pubdate: Tue, 20 Nov 2012
Source: Redwood Times (Garberville, CA)
Copyright: 2012 MediaNews Group


Northtown Books welcomes Martin A. Lee to talk about his new book 
Smoke Signals, a groundbreaking social history of cannabis on Friday, 
Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

A panoramic, character-driven narrative that explains why marijuana 
affects so many aspects of American life, Smoke Signals chronicles 
the development of a grassroots movement that began in the 1960s and 
grew into a widespread populist revolt against prohibition. The great 
leap forward came in 1996, when California voters shocked the 
political and medical establishments by passing Proposition 215, 
which authorized doctors to approve marijuana use by patients. 
Similar laws have since been enacted in 16 other states and the 
District of Columbia.

Smoke Signals describes the burgeoning of a multi-billion-dollar 
industry and exposes collusion by local, state and federal law 
enforcement agencies to undermine the will of the electorate.

"This is an important, serious-minded look at the role cannabis has 
played in American history. It tackles the hard issues of marijuana 
prohibition with keen insight and righteous indignation. I agree with 
Lee's central premise that our marijuana laws are draconian. Every 
American should read this landmark book!" - Douglas Brinkley

Martin A. Lee is the author of several books, including Acid Dreams, 
his acclaimed social history of LSD. He is the co-founder of FAIR, 
the national media watch group, and director of Project CBD, an 
information service that reports on cannabis science and 
therapeutics. Lee is also a contributing editor of O'Shaughnessy's, 
the journal of cannabis in clinical practice, and a writer for

Northtown Books is located at 957 H St., in Arcata. For more 
information, call 822-2834.
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