I know what you are thinking. “Man, this Milnor guy must be a total burner, stoner, head, Rasta.” Or maybe he goes by “Sir Smokesalot?” No. Nothing could be further from the truth, but with marijuana legalization in the news, and in my neighborhood, I wanted to learn more about the plant itself. All I can tell you is the story of man(women) and marijuana runs parallel for thousands of years. It’s only in modern history that we humans, the weak link in this equation, started to really screw things up. We have slowly been grinding ourselves back into good standing with weed.
Hemp, pot, hash, etc. has been around for a long, long time but the criminalization of the plant itself, and its byproducts, is a relatively modern issue. In short, certain people long ago decided they didn’t like this plant, thought it led to criminal activity so they decided to create rumors and see what would happen. The powers that be, in many cases, bit on this misinformation(sound familiar) and suddenly the criminalization of this incredible plant slowly followed it’s growth around the world.
With “Cannabis, A History,” Martin Booth gives us a truly remarkable story. Whether you believe in weed or hate it this book is worth reading. Booth also wrote “Opium, A History,” so the guy knows his drugs. Get it, read it.