'The Great Cannabis Conspiracy' Book
In less than two years, Dr. Samuel Mellace experienced a life-threatening car accident, a prescription opioid addiction, diabetes and cancer. He was an ex-convict who was looking to turn around his life, but instead he found himself fighting for it.
Meanwhile, cannabis was a drug that was slowly turning its fortunes around, too, from a history of stigma and prohibition to a new era of curiosity, openness and incredible medical science.
So Sam did a thing that surprised himself: he bought a farm in British Columbia and started growing weed. He was one of the first to be licensed under Canada’s medical marijuana law, and because of his unusual combination of pain and disease, he fought for and won the right to grow more cannabis than anyone in North America.
Then he started to discover the flaws in the system—the gaps between bureaucracy and decency, between education and criminalization, between dignity and shame. So he began to learn about the budding science of cannabinology, to build a community of patients and heroes, and to fight for “Dignified Access” as a principle, a policy prescription, and a human right. And in doing so, Sam found an enemy even more dangerous than the ones from his criminal past: An ugly conspiracy of corrupt power, ignorance, stigma, criminalization and greed that has been threatening the lives of patients for more than a century.
The story of Sam Mellace, like the story of cannabis, is the story of a struggle for redemption, understanding, and justice. Standing in the way of all of that is the Great Cannabis Conspiracy.