The Epicenter: Bruce Barcott in Conversation with Daniel Duane

Co-presented by Green Apple Books and Harborside Health Center

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Bruce Barcott’s newest work, Weed the People. Book sales and signing to follow.

"Will the rest of the country follow suit? To judge by Barcott’s useful book, you’d do well not to bet against it." —Kirkus Reviews

Washington State and Colorado have established the world’s first legal and state-regulated marijuana industries and, in doing so, have carried out one of the most remarkable about-faces in American history. Weed the People, the new book from TIME Books/Time Home Entertainment, Inc., traces the history and legalization of marijuana in the United States and investigates the question, “Have the past 75 years of marijuana prohibition been wholly unnecessary, or are we deluding ourselves about the harm we’re about to unleash?”

Author, journalist and cannabis industry expert Bruce Barcott, a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, chronicles how marijuana is changing from a demonized drug to a medicine and mild intoxicant. In 2012, Barcott reluctantly voted for legalization in his home state of Washington; the next morning he wondered, “What have we done?” Weed the People answers that question with an insightful and often funny dive into the booming pot industry and a look at the legal, social, cultural, and personal changes brought about by the changing status of the world’s most controversial plant.