Books (Linked to Amazon) – Listed from Most Recent (Updated February 24, 2019)
The Business of Cannabis: New Policies for the New Marijuana Industry – DJ Summers (2018)
A description of the legalization process from an Alaska journalist.
Grass Roots: the Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America – Emily Dufton (2017)
Looks at the changes in marijuana acceptance within U.S. and asks why legalization failed to occur in the 1960s and instead took another 40+ years. (New Republic review Nov 2017) (MerryJane review Jan 2018)
Navigating Safe Harbor: Cannabis Banking in a Time of Uncertainty – Sundie Seefried, CEO and President of Partner Colorado Credit Union (2016)
Describes the author’s first-hand experience designing a full-scope cannabis banking program.
Marijuana – A Short History – John Hudak (2016)
A concise, factual book focused on the history of both national and state public policy regarding marijuana.
Brave New Weed – Adventures Into the Uncharted World of Cannabis – Joe Dolce (2016)
“An educational and entertaining trip around the globe.” The author visits Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado in a quest to analyze and experience the changing marijuana culture and industry. More time is spent on historical and medical topics than on business-related matters.
Navigating Safe Harbor: Cannabis Banking in a Time of Uncertainty – Sundie Seefried (2016)
A discussion of Safe Harbor Private Banking as an option for businesses in the federally-illegal U.S. market. Written by Sundie Seefried, CEO and president of Partner Colorado Credit Union located in Denver, Colorado.
Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know – Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, Mark A.R. Kleiman (2016)
Part of a series of “What Everyone Needs to Know” books written by public policy experts from the RAND institute. Focused on providing a balanced overview of the legalization pros and cons rather than business insights.
Big Weed – An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business – Christian Hageseth, Joseph D’Agnese (2015)
The first-hand story of a Colorado entrepreneur’s entrance into the marijuana industry.
Weed the People – The Future of Legal Marijuana in America – Bruce Barcott (2015)
A skeptical author investigates the history and future of legal marijuana.
Stoned – A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana – David Casarett (2015)
Focuses on the medical rather than business aspects of marijuana. The author is a Professor of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. Cannabist interview with author.
Dreamland – The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones (2015)
While this book is not about the cannabis industry it provides great insight into the causes of opioid epidemic – focusing on overprescription in 1990s and influx of black-tar heroin from Mexico into United States.
A New Leaf – The End of Cannabis Prohibition – Alyson Martin, Nushin Radishan (2014)
Two investigative journalists travel across the U.S. to the states where medical marijuana has been legalized.
Marijuana Nation – One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High – From Vietnam to Legalization – Roger Roffman (2014)
A retired professor tells a personal story of his positive and negative experiences with marijuana dating back to the Vietnam War.
Marijuana is Safer – So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? – 2nd Edition – Fox, Armentano, Tvert (2013)
A pro-legalization argument from authors who contributed to Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana. One of the authors (Mason Tvert) has been a guest speaker in my Business of Marijuana class.
Smoke Signals – A Social History of Marijuana – Medical Recreational and Scientific – Martin Lee (2013)
A historical summary from a pro-marijuana investigative journalist.
Too High to Fail – Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution – Doug Fine (2012)
An upbeat, humorous story of the author’s move to Mendocino County, California, center of the California medical marijuana industry.
Pot Inc – Inside Medical Marijuana – America’s Most Outlaw Industry– Greg Campbell (2012)
A curious Colorado resident investigates the emerging medical marijuana industry.
The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis – Edited by Julie Holland (MD) in 2010 with contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others. Covers marijuana’s physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and other related topics.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy: – Jack Herer (First edition 1985, 12th edition 2010)
A history of hemp’s myriad uses and of the war on this plant.