MARIJUANA NATION is reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books

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 its user “enfeebled” by the “habit of his bondage” while also acknowledging its transformative effects: “everything, in fact, the totality of beings in the universe rises before you with a new and hitherto unsuspected glory.”

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