Written by Keith Stroup, a Washington, DC-based public-interest lawyer who founded the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in 1970, It’s NORML To Smoke Pot: The 40-year Fight For Marijuana Smokers’ Rights, traces the history of the marijuana legalization movement in America through the turbulent 1970s; the anti-marijuana, "Just Say No" era of the 1980s and early 1990s; to the acceptance of the medical use of marijuana beginning with Prop. 215 in CA in 1996; through to the full legalization of marijuana by Colorado and Washington in 2012.
It is an account of the how the anti-Vietnam War movement of the late 1960s, and the influence of consumer advocate Ralph Nader and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, led Stroup to the decision to found NORML as a consumer lobby to work to end marijuana prohibition and stop the practice of treating marijuana smokers as criminals.
Along the way, Stroup shares his adventures, and occasional misadventures, involving such culture luminaries as High Times Founder Tom Forcade, Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson; country music icon Willie Nelson, travel writer and public television producer Rick Steves, and Harvard Medical School Professor and marijuana guru Lester Grinspoon, MD.
In the end, as Stroup concludes, "this story is only incidentally about marijuana; it is really about personal freedom."
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