Smoke Signals, the Book

A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational and Scientific

By Project CBD Director, Martin A. Lee

Winner of the American Botanical Council’s James A. Duke Award for Excellence in Botanical Literature

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The bestselling author of Acid Dreams tells the great American cannabis story—a panoramic, character-driven saga that examines the medical, recreational, scientific, and economic dimensions of the world’s most controversial plant. Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. 

Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist, draws attention to underreported scientific breakthroughs that are reshaping the therapeutic landscape. By mining the plant’s rich pharmacopoeia, medical researchers have developed promising treatments for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, chronic pain, and many other conditions that are beyond the reach of conventional cures.

Praise for Smoke Signals

“Every American should read this landmark book!”—Douglas Brinkley, Author of Cronkite

“A ripping read, thoroughly researched.”—David Bronner, CEO Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

“A well-reasoned, entertainingly written, passionate examination of the social and culture war that surrounds the drug.”—Booklist

“The best, most comprehensive account of the American marijuana movement to date.”—Phil Smith, Drug War Chronicle

“Exuberant, richly researched.”—Boston Globe

“Hallelujah and glory be to Smoke Signals!”—Jonah Raskin, High Times

“High but not dry…a lively and informative book.”—Larry Gabriel, Detroit Metro Times

“Smoke Signals is destined to be a classic.”—Mikki Norris, West Coast Leaf