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

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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.

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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.

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subject_facetMarijuana -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Marijuana -- Political aspects -- United States
Marijuana -- Therapeutic use -- United States -- History
Marijuana -- United States -- History
Marijuana abuse -- United States -- History
title_displayGrass roots : the rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America
title_fullGrass Roots The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America
Grass roots : the rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America / Emily Dufton
title_shortGrass roots
title_subthe rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America
topic_facetHistory
Law and legislation
Marijuana
Marijuana abuse
Nonfiction
Political aspects
Politics
Therapeutic use