“A gimlet-eyed and often hilarious account of the author’s round-the-world reefer safari. With Britain’s downscaling of penalties for marijuana possession currently stirring up controversy, Preston’s book comes along at a propitious moment. And while Preston admits to recreational use and appears to condone efforts to legalize the drug he offers a surprisingly clear-headed view of potheads worldwide.”Mark Rozzo, The New Yorker
Adventures in Global Marijuana Culture
978-0-8021-3897-2 • $15.00 • Paperback • May 2002
In Pot Planet, journalist Brian Preston sets out on a global ganja safari to explore strange new cannabis cultures, to seek out new growers, activists, and other reefer revolutionaries. Preston’s journeys take him across every strata of pot cultivation and enjoyment. In the Canadian Kootenays he meets hemp farmers struggling to harvest their crop on the fringes of legitimacy. In Cambodia and Morocco he explores the final frontiers of Third World weed enthusiasts. In Northern California he takes a clear-eyed look at the medicinal marijuana movement, seeing its promises and its problems. In England, Switzerland, and Spain he observes grudging governments catching up to public tolerance. And at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam he joins in the celebration at the international summit of breeders, growers, and connoisseurs.