Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sacramento Bee Reporter Peter Hecht’s ‘Weed Land’ Out May 2014

By David Downs
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

They say journalism is the first draft of history. Get ready for the second, then.

Sacramento Bee reporter Peter Hecht is releasing his new book Weed Land - Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit on March 7 on the University of California Press, we've learned. Good for Peter! We love reading his SacBee reporting and can’t wait to see what he’s dug up.

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According to UC Press materials, “Weed Land takes readers into the laboratories of researchers who challenged federal drug policy with clinical studies revealing the medical benefits of cannabis. It also explores an exploding marijuana marketplace that pitches compassionate healing with the pure joy of pot. And it takes readers inside the law enforcement backlash — and unfolding consequences — of a federal crackdown on America’s largest marijuana economy.”

We even have a first chapter available here, which covers the DEA raid of the Women’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, and the fallout, with some telling information on the DEA’s side.

Hecht hit the weed beat for the Bee in 2009 and covered Prop 19 in 2010. The former Los Angeles bureau chief for the Bee has reported from nine countries in Latin America, and was a visiting professor of journalism at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru, on behalf of the International Center for Journalists.

He holds a master’s in Latin American and International Studies from California State University, Sacramento, and was a graduate fellow in international journalism at the University of Southern California. He also has a BA in communications from California State University, Fullerton. He lives in Diamond Springs, California.

UC Press is the non-profit publishing arm of the University of California system, and is offering a 20 percent discount here, with promotion code 14W6039. Weed Land is also available for order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

[Note: This story was updated to reflect an update in the publication date]

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