A Weed-y Reading List for Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN has decided that marijuana is not a dangerous drug, but one that should be embraced by the medical establishment — something authors have known for years.

As with anyone who has recently converted, Gupta may want to immerse himself in his newly-discovered culture.  The Los Angeles Times has come up with a list of books that celebrate the wonders of weed — because some authors have been with the pot program all along.

“Chronic City” by Jonathan Lethem. This novel about an actor, a doomed astronaut and a rapidly-changing New York features as one of its main characters autodidact Perkus Tooth, a pot aficionado. “It’s really just a life habit,” Lethem told The Times. “I’ve known people, and gone through times in my life, when smoking pot wasn’t a remarkable choice, it was just daily fuel, fuel for conversation.”

Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup” by Mark Haskell Smith. The L.A.-based writer travels the world to discover the people and science that create the world’s most delectable pot.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana” by Jack Herer. An independently published history of U.S. marijuana laws by the man who was known as the country’s premiere hemp activist.

“Grow Girl” by Heather Donohue. The star of the hit horror film “The Blair Witch Project” gave up Hollywood to move with her boyfriend to a pot-growing town in Northern California, a place that wasn’t as progressive as you might think.

“Budding Prospects” by T.C. Boyle. In this 1984 novel, a longtime loser attempts to strike it big with a massive pot-growing scheme in Northern California — decades before there was any chance of such a thing being legal.

For the rest of the list, click the link below to read the full article on the Los Angeles Times website.