The Cannabis Manifesto
A New Paradigm for Wellness
Written by the founder and CEO of the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary, The Cannabis Manifesto delivers a clear, concise history of cannabis as a medicine, details the unintended consequences of prohibition, and considers its future as a regulated consumer product. Steve DeAngelo draws on his experience serving the sick as the head of the controversial Harborside Health Center and a colorful lifetime of working for social justice to present a compelling call for the legalization of this most controversial of plants. His provocative argument that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis challenges readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about marijuana—and teaches them how to use it responsibly.
The Cannabis Manifesto answers essential questions about the plant, employing extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion around cannabis science and law while at the same time taking readers on a magical tour of a little-known world. DeAngelo explains how cannabis prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom. His vivid narrative provides a lively, behind-the-scenes look at Harborside’s showdown with the federal government and details the life of a hippie who missed the sixties. In calling for a realistic national policy on a substance that has been used by half of all Americans, this essential primer will forever change the way the world thinks about cannabis, its benefits, and the laws governing its use.
About the Author
Steve DeAngelo has been a cannabis activist, advocate, entrepreneur, and educator for almost four decades. His vision and leadership have been featured by news teams from around the globe including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and BBC. His creation of the landmark Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, set the standard for providing safe access, responsible use, and lab-tested, high quality medicine. In 2010, DeAngelo launched the cannabis industry’s first investment and research firm, The Arc View Group, one of the top ten angel investment groups in the U.S.
—Sara Davidson, author of Loose Change
“Steve DeAngelo is the earliest pioneer of socially responsible and patient- and community-centric cannabis distribution. If you are wondering if medical cannabis might help you or a friend or family member, or if you have questions about medical cannabis, or if you’re just trying to figure out what this issue entails, let this book be your guide.”
—Willie L. Brown, Jr., 41st mayor of San Francisco
“I don't know that there's anyone on the planet right now who possesses Steve DeAngelo’s level of business savvy and knowledge of the cannabis plant. When he offers up his wisdom, people should listen and try to soak up as much knowledge as they can. I know I do."
—Johnny Green, editor of The Weed Blog
"Steve DeAngelo is the kind of devoted activist who normally would get hospitals and schools named after him, if he had been advocating something more mainstream. He is articulate, fiercely tenacious, and lives by his own principles, in life and in business. But as our recent history has shown, he might have something more important than a monument—a victory."
—Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me
“A pioneering voice in the movement to liberate the cannabis plant and those who rely on it for health and wellness, Steve DeAngelo shares his vision for a more just world in this forward-thinking manifesto.”
—Aaron Smith, executive director of National Cannabis Industry Association
"Steve DeAngelo has been an icon in the cannabis movement and industry for a very long time. I don't know that there's anyone on the planet right now that possesses Steve's level of business savvy and knowledge of the cannabis plant. When Steve offers up his wisdom, people should listen and try to soak up as much knowledge as they can. I know I do. The Cannabis Manifesto is a book that every cannabis enthusiast should have on their bookshelves."
—Johnny Green. editor of the Weed Blog
“By willing into existence a lab to test the cannabis provided to patients by his dispensary, Steve DeAngelo jump-started the CBD era in America.”
—Fred Gardner, managing editor, O'Shaughnessy's clinical journal
“Steve DeAngelo says what needs to be said in this bold and thoughtful manifesto. He’s a role model for budding cannabis entrepreneurs who understand the unique relationship of this nascent industry to the broader struggle for freedom and justice in America.”
—Ethan Nadelmann, Founder and Executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
” There's no greater authority in the United States on marijuana and the laws surrounding it than Steve DeAngelo.”
—Morgan Spurlock, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, producer, CNN’s Inside Man
“Finally, an intelligent public discourse about cannabis. Steve DeAngelo, with his huge heart, brilliant mind, and activist spirit, has created in The Cannabis Manifesto an invitation to a promising paradigm shift.”
—Ricky Williams, NFL professional, Heisman Trophy winner