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Books

West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief by Steven Kotler
Sounds interesting, hear an interview with Kotler on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck, New York: Broadway Books. September 2002, 272 pages.

A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age by Antonio Escohotado, et al. Inner Traditions Intl Ltd. May 1, 1999, 160 pages.

Climbing Higher by Montel Williams, New American Library. January 6, 2004, 240 pages.
Includes chapter on his use of medical marijuana for MS.

Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess & How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray, Random House. June, 1998, 240 pages.

Entheogens and the Future of Religion, Robert Forte, ed.

Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline Edited by Richard Evans Schultes and Siri von Reis Timber Press, 1997 414 pp, $49.95
Published on the 100th anniversary of the birth of ethnobotany, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the history and current state of the field, spanning the globe and including a paper on ethnobotany in Northern California. With an introduction by editor Richard Evans Schultes, the book gathers 36 papers in various aspects of the field, including Gods and Plants in the Classical World from Carl A.P. Ruck; William A. Emboden, Jr.on psychoactive plants in the near East; Peter T. Furst on psychoactive plants as Therapeutic Agents in a 1552 manuscript; Albert Hoffman on Medicinal Chemistry's Debt to Ethnobotany; Dennis J. McKenna on Ayahuasca; the urgent need for Ethnobotany; and Gordon Wasson with fresh perpectives on Amanita muscaria.

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna

Jeffrey's Journey
A treatment regimen of medical marijuana was the only thing that helped a 7-year-old boy overcome his behavioral problems and violent tendencies.

Just Say Yes: In Defense of Drug Use by Jacob Sullum
Reviewed for Counterpunch by Richard Glen Boire

It's Just A Plant
Having sold out their first edition sold out in six months, Magic Propaganda Mill Books is bringing out a new, improved edition of their children's book It's Just a Plant. Advance copies and wholesale orders are available now. Dr. Andrew Weil calls it, "A delightful book. ..a glimpse of what enlightened drug education could be. Check it out:

It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs by Rodney Dangerfield
Marijuana is mentioned on page one and throughout a book full of humor and insight.

Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances by Ronald K. Siegel (new 2005 edition)

The Marijuana Conviction: A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States by Richard J. Bonnie and Charles H. Whitebread II, New York: Drug Policy Alliance. July 1999, 368 pages.

Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence By Lynn Zimmer and John Morgan, M.D. New York: The Drug Policy Alliance. 1997, 241 pages. Also available in French, Russian, German, Italian and Czech.

Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine by Lester Grinspoon, M.D. et al New Haven, CT: Yale Univ Press. September 1, 1997, 312 pages.
Also see: Marihuana Reconsidered and Psychedelics Reconsidered by same authors

The Natural History of Medicinal Plants By Judith Sumner, Timber Press, 2000 235 pp. $24.96
Written by a botany professor from Harvard, this book provides a nice, nontechnical introduction to the field, with lively stories and illustrations presenting a brief history of plants' uses as cures and treatments.

The Natural Mind : An Investigation of Drugs and Higher Consciousness by Andrew Weil, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. 226 p.
Also see: Marriage of the Sun and Moon and especially From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs, by same author.

On Hashish by Walter Benjamin, Harvard University Press, 2006

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market by Eric Schlosser, Mariner Books. April 1, 2004, 336 pages.

Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure by Dan Baum, Boston, MA: Little Brown & Co (Pap). June 1, 1997, 396 pages.

Articles

Spiderman's Mary Jane Likes MJ
And Carl Sagan Did Too

Farley's Ghost Stumps for Untested Drug Treatment Protocol
Chris Farley is featured in a campaign to advertise Prometa, an untested protocol to treat drug addiction that is being pushed by profit-mongering ex-government officials to health care programs and drug courts.

What Hollywood Missed about "Paradise Now"
Could the crusade against marijuana be linked to cultural differences between the East and the West?


A Million Little Sleazes: The Drug War Exception to the Truth
The bestselling book A Million Little Pieces, which purports to be the true confessions of a recovered heroin addict, still tops the New York Times nonfiction paperback bestseller list, where it has appeared for the past 17 weeks. But a six-week investigation by The Smoking Gun using police reports, court records, interviews with law enforcement personnel and other sources reveals that the book's author James Frey "wholly fabricated or wildly embellished details of his purported criminal career, jail terms, and status as an outlaw."

Apes Were First Stoners
Humans were not the first to use recreational drugs. Some apes take stimulants and hallucinogens, sometimes munching roots that now show promise in treating human addicts, say scientists.

Kerry: Get an Herbal, Not a Fetal Position
If John Kerry makes good on his promise to review research on medical marijuana when he takes office, he'll be amazed at what has been learned about cannabis in the last several years. Posted on Aug 6, 2004

The Stars Come 'Out'
What do Rodney Dangerfield, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Kerry, Bing Crosby, Newt Gingrich and Margaret Mead have in common? They've come clean about pot
Posted on Jun 14, 2004

Battelle the Truth: U.S. Elections Hijacked Again?
For the past several years, marijuana and drug policy reform measures were winning soundly at the ballot box. What happened this time around? Posted on Nov 17, 2002

Margaret Sanger of Marijuana Arrested
The arrest of activist Valerie Corral is part of a renewed push by John Ashcroft to target medical marijuana growers. Posted on Sep 6, 2002

When Dancing is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Dance
The crackdown on raves has gotten so severe that ravers are having their crotches and bras searched for drugs and the state of Florida has even illegalized glow sticks because they are a favorite party prop. Posted on Jun 27, 2000

The Battle of Bulletin 404 or How World War I Cost Us Hemp & the Forests

Drug Education Bibliography

Medical Marijuana Bibliography