Hail Mary Jane was honored to be asked to review a new book by one-time professional wrestler, one term Governor of Minnesota, and generally “hold their feet to the fire” Jesse Ventura. He fits in around here very comfortably.
Only a few books deserve space on every cannabis aficionado’s bookshelf. Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes; Marijuana Reconsidered, by Lester Grinspoon; Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, by Zimmer and Morgan. A new release belongs in that rarefied air — Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto. Whatever your primary interest in cannabis you should read this book.
The history of cannabis as a friend and ally of humanity is a big story. How lies and fear turned an ally into a public enemy is a big story. The consequences of those lies and that fear make a big story. And ending the lies and defeating the fear is a big story. Marijuana Manifesto tells all these stories in a readable style at a moving pace. And it is well footnoted. This book is honest enough to allow the reader to track back to source materials. Gotta love that.
Gov. Ventura is known to have a — fondness? — for conspiracies, and in the Manifesto we find the federal patent on the medical use of marijuana [wait; Schedule I drugs have no medical use; WTF?], the private prison system, corporate marijuana, and the continuing deep responsibility of the DEA in this tragedy all come into the cross-hairs.
It is no longer political death to be identified as favoring cannabis re-legalization. So why don’t / won’t the law change? Read Marijuana Manifesto and learn what Governor Ventura has to say in answer to that question. You just might agree with him.
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