This is neither a glorify-the-weed article from High Times nor an antipolemic from a neo-Nancy Reaganite.
Matthews (The Wild Bunch), an award-winning British writer on wines, presents a straightforward account of what he sees as the culture of cannabis (a culture as discernible as that of wine), including its history, horticulture, politics, and place in society. Let´s face it, though, the stuff is illegal in most of the world, and it´s hard to write dispassionately about such a subject. So, even before the postscript, the reader knows that the author, while conceding such positions as the possibility that marijuana is a gateway to the harder stuff, is not about to advocate spraying cannabis fields with paraquat. A bit too technical in places for lay readers, a bit too British for others, this will still be a good buy for academic and larger public libraries.AJim Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA
# Paperback: 256 pages
# Publisher: Bloomsbury UK; 2nd edition (November 1, 2003)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0747566143
# ISBN-13: 978-0747566144
# Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches