Monthly Archives: June 2014
“Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user.” What’s not to love?
Marijuana Nation is, ultimately, an apologia for Roffman’s academic opinions and work, and a personal account of the drug’s recent history. When warning against drug dependence, his tone is always good-natured, more avuncular than didactic. He sees the good and bad in cannabis, much like the poet Baudelaire before him. The Frenchman warned against pot’s addictive qualities in “The poem of Hashish,” where he notes that the drug renders