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Marijuana legalization is unfolding across the American West, but cultivation of the cannabis plant is anything but green.

To understand how we got here and how the legal cannabis industry might become more environmentally sustainable, Grass Roots looks at the history of marijuana growing in the American West.


Grass Roots challenges the current cannabis industry to change its course.”

— Katie Shapiro, Forbes

“[A]dmirable work … Grass Roots tells an important history and raises timely questions about the aftermath of legalization.”

Allyson Brantley, Oregon Historical Quarterly

“… a quick, engaging read … a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history of cannabis in the United States.”

Adam Rathge, Western Historical Quarterly

Points Essays

I write about cannabis for Points, the blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society