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"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."
North Atlantic Books is a non-profit book publisher based in Berkeley, California, with the aim to develop an educational and cross-cultural perspective linking various scientific, social, and artistic fields; to nurture a holistic view of arts, sciences, humanities, and healing; and to publish and distribute literature on the relationship of mind, body, and nature. 2016-08-26 22:24:40 GMT 2016-08-29 08:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 6 6 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 25 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 6 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
My phone started buzzing as soon as I plugged it in on the morning of April 2, 2012. Message after message lit up my screen.
Text message: “Oaksterdam University being raided by federal agents!”
Voicemail: “Steve, the Feds are raiding Oaksterdam—we need you down here right away.”
Oaksterdam University was—and still is—Oakland’s first and only licensed trade school for the cannabis industry. I was shocked to hear that it was being raided. No cannabis was sold there, and the only garden I knew about was a tiny one used to train students.
I threw on some clothes, quickly scraped my face, and sped across town to Oakland’s downtown district, popularly known as Oaksterdam—a tribute to its atmosphere of tolerance.
There were already a few dozen protestors there, trying their best to surround a larger number of federal agents from the IRS, DEA, and U.S. Marshals Service. I heard the chants before I saw the protesters gathered on the sidewalk—“DEA Go Away, DEA Go Away,” “Our State, Our Laws, Our Medicine”—directed to a parade of grim-faced federal agents carting boxes of school records to a waiting truck.
The crowd swelled as word of the raid leaked out into their Monday morning routines, and outrage built when it was announced that Oaksterdam founder and longtime activist Richard Lee had been detained by federal agents, along with several university staff members. The emotional pitch of the assembled protestors steadily climbed as the Feds went about dismantling the cannabis community’s leading educational institution. The chants grew angrier: “Whose laws? OUR laws!” “Whose streets? OUR streets!”
Before long, local Oakland police officers arrived to prevent further disorder. Shortly behind them, some of Oakland’s elected officials appeared to show support for Rich Lee and Oaksterdam U. First and foremost was Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, a longtime champion of cannabis reform, who was rapidly surrounded by questioning reporters.
“If the federal government has extra law enforcement resources to spare … there are a lot of guns on the streets of Oakland—and we would love their help getting rid of them,” she said.
No sooner had Kaplan spoken those words than a friend tugged my sleeve: “Hey, Steve, have you heard about the shooting? Seven people just died at a school down by the airport.”
With that news, the day went from ugly to tragic. It turned out that while dozens of federal agents and local cops were spending hours closing down a completely peaceful campus, at the very same moment—on the other side of Oakland at another school, Oikos University—seven innocent people lost their lives to gun violence.
Subsequently released OPD emails show that the federal raids slowed the department’s response time to the shooting, and the killer escaped from the scene. We’ll never know if the Oikos shooting could have been prevented with more cops, or had guns been less easily available in Oakland. But the federal assault on Oaksterdam is just one small example of the misplaced priorities reflected in cannabis prohibition.
Cities across the U.S. are begging for help with gun violence, while schools and stores erupt with mass shootings. Our mental health-care system is in a shambles, and our prisons are bursting at the seams. Gang violence is rampant, killing vastly more kids than do the mass shootings, and a federal Bureau of Justice study found that almost 500,000 U.S. citizens were victims of gun crimes in 2011.
Meanwhile our law-enforcement agencies use their limited resources to arrest 750,000 people on cannabis charges every year. That’s one every 42 seconds—vastly outnumbering violent-crime arrests or arrests for any other drug. And despite the expenditure of tens of billions of enforcement dollars, cannabis use in the United States has increased exponentially since it was first made illegal.
Prohibition causes more harm than good. It increases crime and criminal profits but does little or nothing to reduce use, while leading to massive arrests and incarceration, mostly of minorities. It has warped our most important institutions—from the family and the workplace to health care, taxation, and consumer protection—and eroded the democratic principles upon which our nation was founded.
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