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The Cannabis Manifesto

In The Cannabis Manifesto, Steve DeAngelo has written what amounts to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis. He’s been a leader of the movement to reform marijuana laws for more than 40 years, and is said to know “more about cannabis than almost anyone else.”

In clear, graceful prose, he begins with a truth he holds to be self-evident: “Cannabis is not harmful, but prohibition is.”

The War on Drugs, he writes, has resulted in the unjust jailing of men of color, the enriching of violent cartels, and the blocking of effective treatments for cancer, epilepsy–especially childhood seizures–and Alzheimer’s disease. When marijuana is legal, he asserts, crime goes down, suicide rates fall, health benefits are experienced, and tax revenues rise.

Unlike other books about pot that are sprouting like–excuse the word–weeds, DeAngelo cites studies and references for the assertions he makes. He explains how marijuana fights cancer, and shows that it’s a safe alternative to alcohol, painkillers, and surgery. He believes it should be called a “wellness product,” not an intoxicant, because, among other benefits, it can facilitate compromise and understanding, “awaken a sense of wonder and playfulness. enhance the flavor of a meal, the sound of music or a lover’s touch,” and inspire creativity.

DeAngelo’s personal story is compelling: born into an alcoholic family, he dropped out of school at 15 to join the Yippies, organized smoke-ins in front of the White House, started businesses, went back to college for his degree, and in 2006, co-founded the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country, with more than 200,000 patients. It sets the gold standard for the industry, testing all products for safety and potency before dispensing them, and offering its patients free classes, support groups, and alternative healing treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic.

DeAngelo is instantly recognizable, wearing long Willie Nelson braids, an earring and mustache, along with a suit and tie and black bowler hat. He speaks with both fierce intelligence and gentleness, and has learned to create businesses that make money while exemplifying social justice.

In an interview, I asked him how the Harborside staff can advise patients on how much and which marijuana products to take for specific medical conditions. He said the scientific data doesn’t exist yet, because, until recently, it’s been illegal to conduct research and double-blind studies. But his staff can share what they’ve learned and observed by working with patients for nine years.

One example DeAngelo relates is about his mother, who developed Alzheimer’s before she died. She was living with DeAngelo, and at night would start wailing with “pure despair,” he said. When he tried to console her, it made things worse–she grew more agitated. One night he brought her a small pipe of marijuana. She’d been a smoker and enjoyed cigarettes, so she took a few puffs and immediately grew calm, he said. “After that, whenever she saw the pipe, she’d start calming down. That was one of the few things I could do to bring her peace.”

In The Cannabis Manifesto , Steve DeAngelo has written what amounts to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis. He's been a leader of the mo…

The Cannabis Manifesto

A New Paradigm for Wellness

A New Paradigm for Wellness

By Steve DeAngelo
Foreword by Willie L. Brown Jr.

By Steve DeAngelo
Foreword by Willie L. Brown Jr.

By Steve DeAngelo
Foreword by Willie L. Brown Jr.

By Steve DeAngelo
Foreword by Willie L. Brown Jr.

Category: Alternative Therapies | Domestic Politics
Category: Alternative Therapies | Domestic Politics

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About The Cannabis Manifesto

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.

About The Cannabis Manifesto

Written by the founder and CEO of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary, The Cannabis Manifesto delivers a clear, concise history of cannabis as a medicine, details the unintended consequences of prohibition, and considers its future as a regulated consumer product. Steve DeAngelo draws on his experience serving the sick as the head of the controversial Harborside Health Center and a colorful lifetime of working for social justice to present a compelling call for the legalization of this most controversial of plants. His provocative argument that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis challenges readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about marijuana—and teaches them how to use it responsibly.
The Cannabis Manifesto answers essential questions about the plant, employing extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion around cannabis science and law while at the same time taking readers on a magical tour of a little-known world. 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. His vivid narrative provides a lively, behind-the-scenes look at Harborside’s showdown with the federal government and details the life of a hippie who missed the sixties. 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.

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Category: Alternative Therapies | Domestic Politics
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Praise

“In The Cannabis Manifesto, Steve DeAngelo has written what amounts to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis.”
—Sara Davidson, author of Loose Change

“Steve DeAngelo is the earliest pioneer of socially responsible and patient- and community-centric cannabis distribution. If you are wondering if medical cannabis might help you or a friend or family member, or if you have questions about medical cannabis, or if you’re just trying to figure out what this issue entails, let this book be your guide.”
—Willie L. Brown, Jr., 41st mayor of San Francisco

“I don’t know that there’s anyone on the planet right now who possesses Steve DeAngelo’s level of business savvy and knowledge of the cannabis plant. When he offers up his wisdom, people should listen and try to soak up as much knowledge as they can. I know I do.”
—Johnny Green, editor of The Weed Blog

“Steve DeAngelo is the kind of devoted activist who normally would get hospitals and schools named after him, if he had been advocating something more mainstream. He is articulate, fiercely tenacious, and lives by his own principles, in life and in business. But as our recent history has shown, he might have something more important than a monument—a victory.”
—Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me

“A pioneering voice in the movement to liberate the cannabis plant and those who rely on it for health and wellness, Steve DeAngelo shares his vision for a more just world in this forward-thinking manifesto.”
—Aaron Smith, executive director of National Cannabis Industry Association

“Steve DeAngelo has been an icon in the cannabis movement and industry for a very long time. I don’t know that there’s anyone on the planet right now that possesses Steve’s level of business savvy and knowledge of the cannabis plant. When Steve offers up his wisdom, people should listen and try to soak up as much knowledge as they can. I know I do. The Cannabis Manifesto is a book that every cannabis enthusiast should have on their bookshelves.”
—Johnny Green. editor of the Weed Blog

“By willing into existence a lab to test the cannabis provided to patients by his dispensary, Steve DeAngelo jump-started the CBD era in America.”
—Fred Gardner, managing editor, O’Shaughnessy’s clinical journal

“Steve DeAngelo says what needs to be said in this bold and thoughtful manifesto. He’s a role model for budding cannabis entrepreneurs who understand the unique relationship of this nascent industry to the broader struggle for freedom and justice in America.”
—Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

” There’s no greater authority in the United States on marijuana and the laws surrounding it than Steve DeAngelo.”
—Morgan Spurlock, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, producer, CNN’s Inside Man

“Finally, an intelligent public discourse about cannabis. Steve DeAngelo, with his huge heart, brilliant mind, and activist spirit, has created in The Cannabis Manifesto an invitation to a promising paradigm shift.”
—Ricky Williams, NFL professional, Heisman Trophy winner

Awards

ForeWord Book of the Year Award FINALIST 2015

The Cannabis Manifesto is both a call to action and a radical vision of humans’ relationship with this healing but controversial plant. Steve DeAngelo,…