Stories by Martin A. Lee

Martin A Lee is the director of Project CBD and the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational and Scientific. subscribe to Martin A. Lee's feed

Posted on: Apr 13, 2016, Source: Project CBD

Marijuana or industrial hemp? Does it matter? Should it matter? Why federal law is messing things up.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2015, Source: Project CBD

A nascent solar power industry made it possible for 1970s Northern California pot farmers to do their thing. And vice versa.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2015, Source: Project CBD

"Crude" whole plant formulations seem to work better than synthetic single-molecule ones. Take that, Big Pharma!

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: Project CBD

Medicinal CBD cannabis oils are all the rage, but there's a lot of misinformation out there. Let's take a look.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2013, Source: The Nation

The marijuana issue has galvanized activist energy on the left and the right, from anti-globalization protesters to free-market capitalists.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2013, Source: The Nation

The discovery of pot’s astonishing medical potential is the most compelling new reason for legalizing the plant.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2013, Source: High Times

The secrets behind marijuana’s bouquet are in the "terpenes."

Posted on: Apr 3, 2013, Source: O'Shaughnessy's

Fact-checking one of the newest trends in administering cannabis for therapeutic use.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The future of cannabis is up for grabs, but drug policy reformers have major strategic differences about how to proceed.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The debate was held in Hempstead, a town where farmers once cultivated the durable, lucrative crop that is illegal to grow today.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Dr. James Ketchum tested a potent form of synthetic marijuana on soldiers to develop a secret weapon in the '60s. Now he's telling the tale.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

More than ten years after California's Compassionate Use Act was passed by voters, state and local officials are still collaborating with federal law enforcement to undermine it.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2005, Source: Razor

No American has ever been granted Canadian refugee status because of the war on drugs, but the times they may be changing.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A sprawling cultural history of illicit drug use in post-WWII America sets out to tell the whole truth about forbidden pharmacological fruit.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2002, Source: The Consortium

Do truth serums really work? A long history of experimentation by the U.S. government suggests some are trying to find out, even though the practice borders on torture.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The upcoming Winter Games will wreak ecological havoc in Utah, as pristine wilderness is overwhelmed by development, traffic, waste and energy consumption.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Our own government has launched a crusade against civil liberties and jihad against dissent.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If we had an aggressive, independent press corps, it might ask President Bush a few of these questions....

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: Organica

Ayahuasca, the most celebrated hallucinogenic drug of the Amazon, is under threat from both anti-narcotics agencies and corporations that want to patent and sell it for profits.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

For U.S. policy-makers the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on September 18th provides yet another opportunity for self-righteous, congratulatory proclamations about "winning the cold war." But the American public would be better served if U.S. officials marked this occasion by owning up to the CIA's original sin, which dates back to the spy agency's earliest days: its covert use of a Nazi spy network stuffed to the brim with war criminals.