One Man's Quest to Understand America's Dysfunctional Love Affair With Weed

eBook - 2013
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Alfred Ryan Nerz is a Yale-educated author, journalist, and TV producer. He's also a longtime marijuana enthusiast who has made it his mission to better understand America's long-standing love-hate relationship with our favorite (sometimes) illegal drug. His cross-country investigation started out sensibly enough: taking classes at a cannabis college, hanging out with a man who gets three hundred pre-rolled joints per month from the federal government, and visiting the world's largest medical marijuana dispensary. But after connecting with a mysterious friend of a friend, his journey took an unexpected turn and he found himself embedded with one of the largest growers and dealers on the West Coast. He quickly transformed from respectable journalist into an underworld apprentice - surrounded by pit bulls, exotic drugs, beanbags full of cash, and trunks full of weed. But while struggling to navigate the eccentric characters and rampant paranoia of the black market, he maintained enough equanimity to explore a number of vital questions: Is marijuana hurting or helping us? How is it affecting our lungs, our brains, and our ambitions? Is it truly addictive, and if so, are too many of us dependent on it? Should we legalize it? Does he need to quit? As entertaining as it is illuminating, Marijuanamerica is one man's attempt to humanize the myriad hot-button topics surrounding the nation's worst-kept secret - our obsession with weed - while learning something about himself along the way.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781613124703
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Uniform Title: Marijuana America


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Apr 23, 2014

In my eternal quest for total enlightenment I began to read (with the highest of hopes) Ryan Nerz's off-the-radar rantings & ravings in Marijuanamerica. Feeling the lonely anguish of a non-Stoner, I wanted more than anything for Nerz to clue me into one of pop culture's most truly puzzling frontiers - Weed Obsession.

(Well, hey, just like you, I wanna be "cool" & "with it" too, you know!)

As I bravely forged ahead and proceeded to devour the meaning behind Nerz's weed-crazed words, it suddenly struck me square in the face that I honestly couldn't give a sweet f-bomb about dope or how its faithful devotees are seduced in this day and age by drug culture fashion.

For, indeed, I am (and always will be) Bazooka_Joe. And nothing, especially the carnal knowledge that exists in this weed culture nation of today, is ever, ever going to change that by one iota.


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