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Review: Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America by Bruce Barcott

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“Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America” by Bruce Barcott

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Bruce Barcott’s “Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America” may just be one of the best cannabis books I have ever read – and I’m not just blowin’ smoke and flower out here.

A Bit of Context…

A partial review of this book was also featured in “The Burgundy Zine #4: Cannabis

Barcott is an American author with a body of work that hones in on science, the environment, and the outside world, as stated in his biography on Amazon. His writing has appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, to name a few.

In addition to Barcott’s work as an author, he’s also a deputy editor on Leafly, the world’s largest source of information on cannabis.

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America

Weed the People will take readers a half-step into the future. The issues surrounding the legalization of pot vary from the trivial to the profound.”

“Weed the People” on Amazon

“Weed the People” doesn’t just take the reader a half-step into the future; it takes them on a tour of marijuana legalization, both past and present. Barcott introduces the reader to pot-policy in the 36 paged chapter three, “How We Got Here,” which covers the history of use, the emergence of prohibition as well as its inevitable downfall.

From then on, Barcott details his personal journey with medical marijuana in his home state, Wash, and his trek through recreational cannabis in Colo and Wash.

The author doesn’t leave a single leaf unturned in his fact-driven, passionate documentation of marijuana reform. Throughout the book, Barcott diligently gathers arguments from both sides of the aisle, including the perspectives of cannabis activists, advocates and investors; those who have been the victim of marijuana injustice; medical professionals; and those who’re still adamantly against post.

For as factual and informative as “Weed the People” is, Barcott’s candid and often humorous perspective makes the book a delightfully riveting read.

I highly recommend everyone give “Weed the People” a read. Whether you’re in supportive of legal cannabis or not, this book is an eye opener and a very satisfying read.

Not to mention, Barcott is a clever and incredibly talented writer. Subject aside, the author will charm his way into your heart.

Overall? I give “Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in Americafive out of five pot leaves.

(P/S: I’d like to take a moment to thank one of my dearest friends, Maddie, for giving me this book for Christmas. I really, really loved and enjoyed reading it!)

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A cynical optimist and mad scientist undercover, burgundy bug is the editor, graphic designer, webmaster, social media manager, and primary photographer for The Burgundy Zine. Entangled in a web of curiosity, burgundy bug’s work embodies a wide variety of topics including: neuroscience, psychology, ecology, biology, cannabis, reviews, fashion, entertainment, and politics. You can learn more about working with burgundy bug by visiting her portfolio website: burgundybug.com

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