To say that I am a big fan of cannabis authors is an understatement, and should be obvious to everyone. I have always said that I don’t consider myself to be an author, or even a writer for that matter. I am an activist who just happens to use blog posts as my preferred method of communicating the word of reform. Some cannabis authors out there are people that I admire very much. I do not consider everyone with an e-book to be an author, and even then, not all cannabis authors are created equal.
Some written cannabis works clearly stand above others. I think that I own more cannabis books than most, and I definitely have my favorites. Many of my personal favorites will be participating in a ‘meet the authors’ program at the upcoming Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland, hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association. The event will take place June 12-14 and is a must attend event.
There are a number of reasons to attend the event, with one very notable reason being the book signings. The following authors will be on hand to meet fans and autograph their books:
John Hudak, Author of Marijuana: A Short History
Uwe Blesching, Author of The Cannabis Health Index
Chris Conrad, Author of The Newbies Guide to Cannabis and the Industry
Donna Shields, MS, RDN, Contributor to Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook
Steve DeAngelo, Author of The Cannabis Manifesto
Jorge Cervantes, Author of numerous titles including: Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
All of those authors and their books are outstanding. Three of them have a special spot on my personal bookshelf. John Hudak is one of the leading policy minds in the cannabis world, and his book Marijuana: A Short History is a fantastic read. I definitely suggest that everyone get a copy of that book, and if you are in Oakland to meet Mr. Hudak, you should thank him for the amazing work that he has been doing on behalf of the Brookings Institution. John is really moving the cannabis conversation forward in a meaningful, responsible way.
People who have read The Cannabis Manifesto by Steve DeAngelo may have seen that I am prominently quoted behind the cover of the book alongside some very smart and famous people. I still don’t quite understand how I made the cut to be part of Steve’s book (a small part mind you!), but it is an honor that I will cherish the rest of my life. DeAngelo’s book is part policy, part industry, part activism, part call to action, and 100% stellar. If you do not have this book on your shelf, you need to remedy that asap. Steve has a personal story like no other, and is a person that everyone should be learning from in the cannabis space. Steve DeAngelo is on my ‘Mt. Rushmore of cannabis’ without a doubt. If you see Steve at the event, give him a hug for me and thank him for his tireless work in activism and industry.
Over the last year or so I have become good friends with the number 1 cultivation expert on the planet, the legendary Jorge Cervantes. I, like countless others, have admired Jorge Cervantes from afar for a very, very long time. He is a larger than life figure to me, and likely is to you. His grower’s bible book is something that is used as a measurement of time in the cannabis world, with many referring to cannabis cultivation as being ‘before Jorge’s book’ or ‘after Jorge’s book.’ It’s like a B.C./A.D. type scenario but for cannabis cultivation. Jorge’s newest book, The Cannabis Encyclopedia, is, dare I say, even better than the Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible. There is all types of amazing info in his book, and whether you are a veteran grower, newbie grower, or just like reading about cannabis cultivation, this book is a must have. Jorge is one of the nicest, smartest people I have ever met, and when you see him at the Summit, make sure to tell him that Johnny Green said hello!
The other authors in attendance have a proven track record in their fields, and be sure to check out their books as well. Admittedly, I don’t own all of the books on the list, but rest assured that I will be fixing that very quickly. To be able to see one of these authors and get your copy of their book signed is a treat, but to have all of them in one place over the course of two days is nothing short of amazing. You will not want to miss this opportunity, as well as all of the other opportunities that will be presented at the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. Early bird tickets are still available, but prices go up tomorrow at midnight, so get your tickets while you can!