The Great Cannabis Conspiracy
Inside the Battle for the World's Most Powerful Weed
by Dr. Sam Mellace
Pub Date 13 Jan 2018
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.
A Note From the Publisher
“[Sam] has created a cannabis oasis … His is the largest, most efficient industrial-sized operation I’ve seen. It’s the perfect example of a timely, efficient, clean, and safe production site for premium cannabis.” (Marc Emery, in marijuana activist)
“[Dr.] Mellace is … one of the most accomplished and sophisticated medical marijuana growers in the world.” (Joseph A. Neuberger, former VP of the Toronto Lawyers Association)
“Sam Mellace is a one-man environmental system … [his work] exemplifies the sophistication that pot growers can aspire to. By all accounts, his plants are perfect.” (Lisa Ling, National Geographic)
“Sam’s story is one of heroic proportions. Like David up against Goliath, Sam’s one-man battle for truth and justice in the face of corruption is as humbling as it is awe-inspiring.” (Dr. Kenneth Adams, M.D.)