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U.S.: This Is Groundbreaking - Cannabis Encyclopedia Takes Mainstream Book Award

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In what looks to be the first time the mainstream "book world" has presented any award to a cannabis book, George Van Patten -- AKA Jorge Cervantes -- was presented the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association for The Cannabis Encyclopedia.

"After 33 years publishing cannabis books Van Patten Publishing is proud to receive this award from the IBPA, the first association to recognize a cannabis book with an award,” said Van Patten at the awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, on April 8.

The Ben Franklin award is a celebration of the publisher’s work, but also sets a precedent to any other publishing firm that high quality works should be celebrated, regardless of subject, as long as a high quality is shown across the entire text.

“As you can see by the wording of our awards, it is open to all," said Jan Nathan, founder of the IBPA. "We decided to parallel the universe of book publishing that doesn’t discriminate between large and small.”

The evolution of Van Patten’s work has helped to shape the teachings of marijuana cultivation worldwide. Well-written and cohesive text accompanied with more than 2000 beautiful quality photographs and computer generated images push this book into a higher quality than most other cannabis related publications.

U.S.: Orange Is The New Black Author Piper Kerman Joins Drug War Discussion

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Interview with DPA’s asha bandele on What Television Can and Can’t Tell Us About Women, the Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, joined the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele for a discussion on mass incarceration, women affected by the failed Drug War, and how television and media have approached these issues.

Piper’s book has been adapted into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix that serves as an entertaining and enlightening portrayal of her experience being incarcerated. She has been an influential force in revealing the injustices present in our criminal justice system while shining a humane light on people in prison.

Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the prison population. Between 1980 and 2010, the number of women in state and federal prisons grew by an incredible 646 percent.

An estimated 61 percent of women in state prison and 56 percent of women in federal prison are mothers of minor children. Two-thirds of these parents are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, a substantial proportion of which are drug law violations.

DPA Fact Sheet: "Women, Prison and the Drug War"

Photo of Piper Kerman: University of North Carolina Wilmington

U.S.: Telephone Town Hall With 'Orange Is The New Black' Author Set For June 29

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Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, will join the Drug Policy Alliance’s asha bandele on Monday, June 29, from 1-2 pm, EST, for a discussion on mass incarceration, women affected by the failed drug war, and how television and media have approached these issues.

Piper’s book has been adapted into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix that serves as an entertaining and enlightening portrayal of her experience being incarcerated. She has been an influential force in revealing the injustices present in our criminal justice system while shining a humane light on people in prison.

Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the prison population. Between 1980 and 2010, the number of women in state and federal prisons grew by 646 percent. An estimated 61 percent of women in state prison and 56 percent of women in federal prison are mothers of minor children.

Two-thirds of these parents are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, a substantial proportion of which are drug law violations.

Piper Kerman’s talk is the sixth in a series of quarterly telephone town halls sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance. The conversations seek to bring some of the most learned and influential people working in the field of drug policy before the general public so that together we can create an ever-more informed and shared understanding about drugs and society.

U.S.: 'Safety First' Book Offers Parents' Guide To Legalization, Drug Education

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New Bilingual Editions of Seminal Safety First Publication Offer Pragmatic Drug Education Strategies, with New Sections on Adolescent Brain Development and Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is raising fresh questions – and many age-old ones – for parents and others who play important roles in the lives of teenagers.

On Thursday, December 4, the Drug Policy Alliance is releasing new, updated English- and Spanish-language editions of the seminal publication, Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs by Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD. Safety First has provided hundreds of thousands of parents with the tools needed to foster open and honest dialogue with their children around the risks and consequences of drug use.

DPA is planning to reach many more parents and educators in light of the nationwide momentum in favor of marijuana legalization and other drug policy reforms.

Book Review: Cannabis Sativa, Volume 3 Strain Guide Released

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Some of you are lucky -- you already know that S.T. Oner's Cannabis Sativa series, like its Cannabis Indica companions, is a trip through the rarest and phattest marijuana flowers on the planet. Now the third volume in the Sativa series haas been released, matching the three Indica volumes.

The new book, like the previous volumes, features the most up-to-date information about the genetics, growth traits, taste, smells, and effects of the world's finest cannabis strains. But that's not all, oh no -- what keeps me coming back to these gorgeous volumes, time after time, are the gorgeous, glossy photographs.

Any grower or connoisseur looking for a little inspiration need go no farther than the photos and descriptions of amazing strains like Mango Haze, Peptide, Dragon's Teeth and Jack the Ripper.

Cannabis plants are, of course, divided into two main groups, sativa and indica. This book, and the two previous Cannabis Sativa volumes, unsurprisingly focus on sativa, a lanky, intriguing plant producing energetic, psychoactive flowers that often result in happiness, creativity, laughter, art, and dance.

No other strain guide series has looked at cannabis sativa so deeply. Volume 3, with a cover price of $20, features 100 strains of sativa-dominant genetics by an array of skilled breeders.

Peter McWilliams Still Inspires Activists: Today Would Have Been His 65th Birthday

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The cannabis movement has plenty of heroes, but none are more inspiring than the great Peter McWilliams -- a man of fame and influence who dared tell the truth about medical marijuana, before it was fashionable to do so. McWilliams paid the ultimate price, dying after the federal government forbade him to continue using cannabis to control his nausea. He would have been 65 years old today.

McWilliams was many things: author, publisher, photographer, poet and activist, among others. But one of the most important things McWilliams was, was an inspiration. His courage and charisma were and continue to be a source of strength to many who are struggling with illness and with the injustice of our marijuana laws.

He had a remarkable career starting in the 1970s, writing more than 40 books, including works on depression, losing a loved one, computers, and poetry. Several of Peter's books made The New York Times Top 10 nonfiction bestseller list.

Peter's 1993 book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do remains one of the greatest affirmations of the right of citizens to act and live in any peaceful, honest lifestyle, including their inalienable right to drugs and especially cannabis. It is regarded by many as a "libertarian Bible," with its emphasis on personal freedom and responsibility.

In 1995, Peter was diagnosed with depression, after having suffered from it all his life. Along with coauthor Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D. -- who treated Peter for his depression -- he'd authored How To Heal Depression the previous year.

U.S.: Dr. Carl Hart Awarded For His Book Which 'Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society'

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Columbia University Neuroscientist’s Book Blends Personal History with Leading Addiction Science and Alternatives Counterproductive Drug Policies

High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (HarperCollins, 2013), the groundbreaking memoir/big science book written by neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University, Dr. Carl Hart, won the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, the organization announced Wednesday morning.

At the time of the announcement, the author and professor was in Zurich studying how that nation balances social justice drug policy. “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been awarded the prestigious PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award,” Dr. Hart said. “I recognize that High Price outlines many uncomfortable ideas and facts about topics we'd rather avoid such as race, poverty, and drugs.

"So, I am particularly grateful to the award selection committee, to everyone who has read High Price, to those who have interviewed me about High Price, and to many people who have sent me their personal stories or letters of support.”

U.S.: LEAP, Baker Institute To Distribute Book On Drug War To Top Officials

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To End the War On Drugs by LEAP Speaker Dean Becker Features More than 100 Experts on Drug Policy

Together with the James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy at Rice University, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) will be hosting a press conference this Tuesday on Former Air Force Security Policeman Dean Becker’s new book To End the War on Drugs, after which they will distribute copies of the book to the White House, every Member of Congress, every Justice on the Supreme Court and governors nationwide.

“Through his interviews with so many differently situated individuals, Dean Becker captures the complete picture of the drug war, giving us a better understanding of the far-reaching nature of its effects and the depths of its failures,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of LEAP, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs. "Every politician in America should read this book."

Colorado: 'Wake & Bake' Author Says It Is State's First Legal Cannabis Cookbook

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Corinne Tobias, an author, cook and farmer living in Durango, Colorado wants to teach cannabis users how to create simple and organic edibles from the legal marijuana that will be available starting on January 1. She says Wake & Bake: a Cookbook will be the first legal cannabis cookbook released in the state and will be available online, in dispensaries, and at independent bookstores in early 2014.

The project began in September when Tobias became surrounded by fresh marijuana prunings and an abundance of produce. She began infusing organic Coconut Oil with the trim and started incorporating the healthy and potent alternative to butter in breakfast, brunch and baking recipes. The coconut oil was dubbed the “Green Monsta Oil” for its electric green color and its strength.

The book features organic, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes, and includes an ingredient conversion chart so everyone can use the book regardless of dietary restrictions or habits.

Tobias’ childhood friend Aja Kolinski signed on as the book’s designer and in November, they launched a small Kickstarter campaign to fund the book’s first printing. In less than 8 days, the project was fully funded.

“After living in the North, the South, and the Midwest, I never thought I’d live in a state where marijuana would be legal," said Tobias. "It feels so free. Like anything is possible.

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