The Weed Runners: Travels with the Outlaw Capitalists of America's Medical Marijuana Trade

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Make no mistake: the US government’s hundred-year-old war on marijuana isn’t over. Some 20 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges so far. The American marijuana industry remains underground, where modern-day moonshiners who view themselves as tomorrow’s Johnnie Walkers continue to take immeasurable personal risks to fulfill America’s incessant demand for weed.

Drawing on unparalleled access to sources ranging from lawyers to cannabis club owners, from outlaw cultivators to industry entrepreneurs, The Weed Runners is both journalistic exposé and adventure story.

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Nicholas Schou is the author of Kill the Messenger and Orange Sunshine. He is an award-winning investigative journalist with OC Weekly who has also written for LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times.

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"The Weed Runners is the ultimate ride along; a sharp-eyed trip into the kaleidoscopic world of fantatical growers, righteous stoners, and the tie-dyed enterpreneurs who are turning the War on Drugs upside down and bringing medical marijuana to the people." —Mark Haskell Smith, author Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup 

"For this feverish, wild-eyed, and ever-lapidary engagement of the medical marijuana industry, Nicholas Schou has drawn from his 16 years experience covering this malleable trade.  The result is a book that mimics its unforgettable "characters" (wonderfully nicknamed Racer X, Art Nouveau, Yoga Girl, The Serial Killer, et. al.)-- sometimes surprisingly businesslike, often deliciously ragtag, and ever eager to impart unexpected information, anecdote both twitchy and sobering, and, most importantly, the sort of breathless entertainment found in our best political thrillers, except very, very real."— Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Pot Farm and Preparing the Ghost

"The Weed Runners is brilliant journalism - vivid, exciting and important. Schou has the rare gift  of making complicated topic fully human - it lives and breathes in this book.  If you want to understand where this country is in the so-called War On Drugs, The Weed Runners is a must read." —Don Winslow, author of Savages and The Kings of Cool

"...valuable look at the way California’s medical marijuana law and the crackdown against it have affected people of all walks of life."—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers expecting a Hunter Thompson-esque account of pot dealers may be surprised: this is, ultimately, a business book (although one written with panache)." -Booklist

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