Super Charged

Super Charged

How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana

Book - 2012
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Marijuana has been illegal in the United States since 1937. Yet, thanks in large part to a loosely connected underground world of breeders, dealers, and smokers, there are currently more than 2000 varieties available. And since 1996, when California first passed legislation allowing for legalized medical marijuana, the underground has slowly surfaced, pushing what was once a decentralized, lawless world closer to the corporate world of business, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals.

Super-Charged gets up close and personal with the people who have transformed this controversial drug. With personalities and backgrounds as diverse as the plant itself, the growers include a former Silicon Valley software entrepreneur; third-generation Humboldt, California, growers; a publicly traded pharmaceutical company; and the famous marijuana personality Jorge Cervantes. Jim Rendon takes readers behind the scenes and into the homes and grow operations of the committed, quality-obsessed practitioners in the international underground industry responsible for creating today's super-charged cannabis.

Ironically, these pioneers who built this illegal industry may one day find themselves out of business in the face of the drug's growing mainstream acceptance. Just how this could come about is part of the incredible story.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the current state of marijuana growth and production and how the drug has gone from being part of an illegal fringe culture to being the center of increasingly legitimate efforts focused on the cultivation of highly potent varieties.

Book News
Timely in light of recent electoral advances in marijuana legalization in several states, this volume on the development of modern marijuana cultivation examines the culture and science of pot growing, and explores the experiences of a variety of players in the illicit and medical marijuana scenes. Covering the history of pot growing from the hippies of the 1960s through modern breeding for specific medical marijuana strains, the work covers major trends in the pot subculture, and provides readers with a behind the scenes look at the people and processes involved in the evolution of marijuana growing and trade over the past half century. Rendon is a freelance writer working in the fields of business, science, and environmental topics. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781604692952
Characteristics: 256 p. : 22 cm


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