The Cannabis Manifesto is both a call to action and a radical vision of humans' relationship with this healing but controversial plant. Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must be legalized. His view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use challenges readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about marijuana.
The Cannabis Manifesto answers essential questions about the plant, using extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion about cannabis science and law, as well as its biological, mental, and spiritual effects on human beings. With a cultural critic's eye peering through the lens of social justice, DeAngelo explains how cannabis prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom. In calling for a realistic national policy on a substance that has been used by half of all Americans, this essential primer will forever change the way the world thinks about cannabis, its benefits, and the laws governing its use.(Via Amazon)
An intelligent, well-researched, and highly informative book by the founder of Harborside Health, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country. It delves into the historical, medicinal, scientific, cultural, and political aspects of a very beneficial but misguidedly maligned plant that has been used for medicinal purposes since antiquity and outlines the many ways cannabis can cure much of what ails us.
The Cannabis Manifesto consists of 8 chapters based on the author's credo:
1. Cannabis is not harmful, but prohibition is. 2. Cannabis should have never been made illegal. 3. Cannabis has always been a medicine.
4. Choose cannabis for wellness, not intoxication 5. Cannabis reform doesn't harm communities, it strengthens them. 6. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated as a wellness product. 7. Cannabis reform is a social justice movement. 8. Legalization cannot and will not be stopped.
The book also offers a concise and compelling behind-the-scenes look at Harborside's operations and gives readers a compelling look at the colorful, quasi-outlaw life of author, activist, and businessman Steve DeAngelo.
No matter how well versed you think you are about medical cannabis, and no matter how many books you've read about it, (and I've read a slew of them), you shouldn't skip this book. The Cannabis Manifesto has taken a plethora of information about all aspects of cannabis from it's medical and social history to current science, and put it into one small, concise, and hugely informative easy to read book. Since first learning about Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center in California, I have looked up to and admired him for his activism, his tenacity, and his unwavering dedication to bringing the truth about cannabis to the mainstream. I almost didn't get this book, but after reading what Johnny Green wrote about it, I decided to go ahead and buy it for my library. I am so glad I did and only wish I could buy a truckload of this book to pass out to everyone I know who is on the fence about trying cannabis medicine, and also to the sometimes offensive know-it-alls, like me. Thanks Steve. You have created a gem for cannabis newbies as well as cannabis veterans. This book has really helped me collect and organize my cannabis knowledge, and tossed in quite a few revelations as well. Great job!
As a long-time entrepreneur in the cannabis space serving the needs of cannabis banking, bulk CDB hemp oil production, and ancillary products, I was chomping at the bit to get inside Steve Deangelo's head. After all, the founder and CEO of the world's largest dispensary must know a thing or two!
Not only does Steve's new book reveal the history and challenges he's faced as a cannabis commumity leader and challenger to the government encumbants attempting to strangle our freedom, but he brings his perspective as a socially responsible community leader advocating the medical benefits of a "simple" weed.
For those of us interested in both helping our peers and earning a living doing something we love, "The Cannabis Manifesto" shares Steve's thoughts on how each of us can monetize our love for doing good and live well while "working" in the cannabis space.