The Cannabis Closet: Reader Reviews, Ctd

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by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

Loved it. My favorite/most-heart-wrenching story, hands down, was on pp. 104-106 ["When Sickness Strikes"]. I teared up a little when I read it. But the whole book was great.

I'm a pot smoker – almost daily these days – and it was great to hear the wide range of views that you guys compiled: from pot cheerleader to skeptical non-user to former users who found it wasn't for them. As I continue to try to find the appropriate role for pot in my life (it's now my drug of choice after realizing how much more I liked myself stoned than blacked-out drunk; I no longer drink much at all), I think I will look back to this book repeatedly, both for the success stories and the cautionary tales.

Thanks for this. I'm headed home for the holidays (sitting in O'Hare right now) and am hoping I can find a way to use it to start a discussion with my parents.

The Cannabis Closet: Reader Reviews

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by Chris Bodenner

Dish readers are starting to react to their newly-arrived copies of the book, still selling at Blurb.com for only $5.95 (use promo-code DISH for $3 off shipping). One writes:

I'm published! Well, not really, but I just got my copy of The Cannabis Closet today and right there, on page 107, is the story I sent you eight months ago, the one about chronic joint pain. I am continually amazed by the diversity of people and experiences in this book. We really only have one thing in common: we all take pot.

I'm about to go back to the hospital tomorrow, so I need to get some sleep (I can sleep!). I think I'm going to settle in with some junk food (I actually have an appetite!), take my nightly dose of cannabis, and relax with this book (pain free!). There's only one problem: those brownies on the cover look reeeeally delicious …

Reviews of the book, good or bad, are welcome. Another writes:

I love the Cannabis Closet thread.  I just received my copy.  Now I think you should start a psilocybin thread. I'm sure it's not nearly as widely used as marijuana, but there's plenty of us recreational users out there. 

Getting The Cannabis Closet For Christmas, Ctd

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Also a great gift for your virtual friends. A reader writes:

I'm taking part in the Reddit Secret Santa exchange for the first time. You basically stalk the redditor you've been matched with for a while by reading his/her comments on Reddit and then send a gift you think they would like.  I ended up being matched with a redditor whose comments are mostly about pot. While I'm a big supporter of legalization, I don't have any experience/knowledge of it and had to google most of the terms he uses (MFLB, kief, ZOB…). I also read that he's an atheist, so my gift was centered on that aspect (of which I know more).

Then, a couple of days ago, I ended up on your website, which I hadn't checked in a while. And there it was: "The Cannabis Closet". The perfect gift! Thank you! He hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm pretty sure he'll love it! Can't wait for his reaction!

To get the book by Christmas Eve (it takes about a week for Blurb to print it), use the promo-code LASTCHANCE for 50% off shipping Next Day Air. To get the book after Christmas, use DISH for a $3 discount on any form of shipping.  More details after the jump:

The Cannabis Closet: Five Hours Left For Free Shipping!

[Re-posted from earlier today]

Longtime Dishheads will remember that rather extraordinary reader email thread that had to do with secret middle-class, mainstream marijuana use – for medical and non-medical reasons. The thread "The Cannabis Closet" began with one reader email in March 2009 and became one of the most talked-about cultural discussions on the question of marijuana legalization. Dishheads will also remember we promised, by popular demand, to compile them all into a book. We are massively over-stretched, but we have finally come through, thanks to Chris Bodenner's meticulous and back-breaking work. Drum roll please …

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The book is a compilation of first-person pot use testimonials, from top executives to responsible parents, from entrepreneurs to A-students, from unwinding suburbanites to the very sick. In more than 120 personal stories, it demolishes every hoary "stoner" stereotype of the regular pot-user. It doesn't glide over the downsides of pot-use, but it does explain more graphically and powerfully how marijuana-use has become as American as, er, brownies and milk. It shows how responsible pot-use is already compatible with middle-class life and its obligations. Browse and buy it here.

Reading it as a whole is a totally different experience than reading it one email at a time. When I got Chris's first draft, I couldn't stop reading it, and couldn't help but be strangely moved by it all over again, even though I had read every single word of it before. There's something about the cumulative impact of so many heart-felt testimonials that does more to change the mind than any abstract argument, and Chris has shaped it into a compelling narrative – from shame and doubt to a form of liberation and success – that packs a real punch. It's a truly powerful way to persuade anyone of the rightness and sanity of this cause – created by the anonymity and free expression of new media, now re-purposed into the classic staple of old media: a simple, short, easily pocketed paperback.

We've also produced this book the way we did "The View From Your Window" – bypassing the publishing industry and created this book through the wonderful Blurb.com. You can buy it directly here.

More to the point: if you buy it before midnight tonight PST, shipping from Blurb is free (coupon code: FESTIVE). After tonight, we got a special shipping discount of $2.99 (DISH). Now for the even better news: this 120 page, top-quality paperback is yours for … $5.95. I repeat: $5.95. We've been able to get the price so low precisely because we have gone around the publishing industry, and because the content (from you) is free. So if you buy it today, it's under $6. If you buy it from tomorrow on, the price with shipping is under $10. If those T shirts were too expensive for you, this is an extremely affordable self-gift or gift to a friend or family member. It's just testimonies of real people, with a foreword by yours truly.

A special thanks to everyone at Blurb who assisted the project along the way, namely Leigh Haber, Brent Baker, and CEO Eileen Gittins. And I'd also like to thank personally the greatest book designer of our time, my old friend, Chip Kidd, who created the cover. This is a wonderful blend of old media and new media in the dissemination of stories and truths that were rarely covered before. And I hope it can play a role in ending Prohibition in this country and around the world.

Buy it now.

Special discount details and holiday shipping deadlines after the jump:

Introducing “The Cannabis Closet”

Longtime Dishheads will remember that rather extraordinary reader email thread that had to do with secret middle-class, mainstream marijuana use – for medical and non-medical reasons. The thread "The Cannabis Closet" began with one reader email in March 2009 and became one of the most talked-about cultural discussions on the question of marijuana legalization. Dishheads will also remember we promised, by popular demand, to compile them all into a book. We are massively over-stretched, but we have finally come through, thanks to Chris Bodenner's meticulous and back-breaking work. Drum roll please …

Cannabis-cover

The book is a compilation of first-person pot use testimonials, from top executives to responsible parents, from entrepreneurs to A-students, from unwinding suburbanites to the very sick. In more than 120 personal stories, it demolishes every hoary "stoner" stereotype of the regular pot-user. It doesn't glide over the downsides of pot-use, but it does explain more graphically and powerfully how marijuana-use has become as American as, er, brownies and milk. It shows how responsible pot-use is already compatible with middle-class life and its obligations. Browse and buy it here.

Reading it as a whole is a totally different experience than reading it one email at a time. When I got Chris's first draft, I couldn't stop reading it, and couldn't help but be strangely moved by it all over again, even though I had read every single word of it before. There's something about the cumulative impact of so many heart-felt testimonials that does more to change the mind than any abstract argument, and Chris has shaped it into a compelling narrative – from shame and doubt to a form of liberation and success – that packs a real punch. It's a truly powerful way to persuade anyone of the rightness and sanity of this cause – created by the anonymity and free expression of new media, now re-purposed into the classic staple of old media: a simple, short, easily pocketed paperback.

We've also produced this book the way we did "The View From Your Window" – bypassing the publishing industry and created this book through the wonderful Blurb.com. You can buy it directly here.

More to the point: if you buy it before midnight tonight PST, shipping from Blurb is free (coupon code: FESTIVE). After tonight, we got a special shipping discount of $2.99 (DISH). Now for the even better news: this 120 page, top-quality paperback is yours for … $5.95. I repeat: $5.95. We've been able to get the price so low precisely because we have gone around the publishing industry, and because the content (from you) is free. So if you buy it today, it's under $6. If you buy it from tomorrow on, the price with shipping is under $10. If those T shirts were too expensive for you, this is an extremely affordable self-gift or gift to a friend or family member. It's just testimonies of real people, with a foreword by yours truly.

A special thanks to everyone at Blurb who assisted the project along the way, namely Leigh Haber, Brent Baker, and CEO Eileen Gittins. And I'd also like to thank personally the greatest book designer of our time, my old friend, Chip Kidd, who created the cover. This is a wonderful blend of old media and new media in the dissemination of stories and truths that were rarely covered before. And I hope it can play a role in ending Prohibition in this country and around the world.

Buy it now.

Special discount details and holiday shipping deadlines after the jump:

The Cannabis Closet: The Secret Gardener

A reader writes:

I am a high school teacher and married with two children in Massachusetts. I grow a small amount of marijuana (6 plants average). During harvest, the basement is a bustle with trimming. My four-year-old daughter, who loves gardening and always asks to help, is allowed to cut large leaves from the plants. She asks questions about trimming and the flowers, about the seeds, why we hang it upside down when we dry it, etc. The mantra in my head is, "I am not a criminal" (I've never even had a speeding ticket), so I answer honestly.

Essentially, in our home we are out of the closet and don't hide growing, harvesting, or "partaking" from our kids.

The Cannabis Closet: Mom’s Rules

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A reader writes:

The trouble may be in the fact that those of us who smoke herb illegally have already negotiated all of the pitfalls only now being considered by those who don't. Yes, it stinks. That's why we eat it. (THC is fat-soluble, so melting it into butter or oil makes all kinds of yummies!) Yes, it causes second-hand smoke. That's why those of us with kids already keep our activities far away from them. In our house, for instance, pot is only smoked in the garage, which the kid has been informed is too dangerous for him to go into, what with the sharp tools and all (he's six, so this is working so far).