To some it is the classic “gateway drug,” to others this can be a harmless way to calm down, or provide relief from pain. Some fear it is dangerous and addictive, at the same time as others feel it must be decriminalized. Regardless of the point of view, cannabis incites debate at each and every level, and the effect it has on each and every corner of the globe is undeniable.
In this comprehensive study, Martin Booth crafts a tale of medical advance and spiritual enlightenment; of political subterfuge and law enforcement; of cunning smugglers, street pushers, gang warfare, writers, artists, and musicians. And above all, Booth chronicles the fascinating process through which cannabis became outlawed during the Western world, and the effect such legislation has had on the global economy.