Women Grow is excited to announce our fall book club selection: A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition by Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian. We’re conducting the book club on a national scale. It is free to participate, the book is published by The New Press is available in most bookstores and via iBooks and Kindle.

This will be an exciting and interactive collaborative process. The authors will be releasing via video weekly questions to the nation of Women Grow members throughout November and on the evening of December 10th we will hold an interactive Gchat book club with the authors. Members can log on individually or you can gather as a group and participate together.

Please use the following social media mentions to discuss the book.

Twitter Handles:

@ANewLeafBook (the book)
@alysonrmartin (author)
@nushinrashidian (author)
@BettyAldworth (book club’s organizer)




Nov 19: Video Discussion Question from the Authors #1
Nov 24: Video Discussion Question from the Authors #2
Nov 28: Video Discussion Question from the Authors #3
Dec 3: Video Discussion Question from the Authors #4
Dec 8: Video Discussion Question from the Authors # 5
Dec 10: Live Google Hangout for National Book Club Night  – RSVP Now!

About the Book

In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first in the United States and the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals. Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.

In the first book to explore the new landscape of cannabis in the United States, investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present a deeply researched, insightful story of how recent developments tie into cannabis’s complex history and thorny politics. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, Martin and Rashidian enliven their book with in-depth interviews with patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. They present an expert analysis of how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The result is an unprecedented and lucid account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions.

A New Leaf offers an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand the far-ranging implications of this rapidly changing drug landscape.

About the Authors

Alyson Martin is an award-winning journalist, a photographer, and an editor. She focuses on investigative journalism, health reporting, and drug policy. Her work has been published by the New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, the Albany Times Union, the Ithaca Journal and the 2011 edition of the book Our Bodies, Ourselves. Martin is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a lifelong Yankees fan.


Nushin Rashidian is an award-winning Iranian American journalist. Rashidian, a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna, focuses her reporting on drug policy, aging issues, and stories of injustice. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Tehran Bureau, Esquire, AARP Bulletin, CBS News, and The Guardian US. She is a Californian still adjusting to the seasons in the northeast.

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