Steve DeAngelo's 'The Cannabis Manifesto' Shoots Up The Charts

Book debut tops Politics & Social Sciences, Medicine & Herbal Remedies Categories on Amazon

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cannabis Manifesto, the debut book of renowned activist/entrepreneur Steve DeAngelo, continues its climb up the bookselling charts, reaching #1 in three Amazon categories.

DeAngelo is a national thought leader, educator and co-founder of three of the most successful companies in the cannabis industry—Harborside Health Centers, Steep Hill Lab and The ArcView Group. DeAngelo has spent over 40 years as an activist and advocate for the plant, leading the way to legalization. The book is a toolkit for activists, a primer for the newly curious, and a roadmap for lawmakers and regulators. It mixes political polemics, history and the latest science about cannabis in an intelligent, well researched and highly informative read.

The Cannabis Manifesto is a powerful call to action. The Huffington Post's Sara Davidson wrote, "Steve DeAngelo has written what amounts to the Declaration of Independence for Cannabis." The Weed Blog said, The Cannabis Manifesto will likely go down in the history books as the most influential cannabis book of all time." The book also challenges readers to reexamine everything they've ever been told about cannabis by advancing the provocative position that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use.

DeAngelo looks through a personal lens at the impact of prohibition on family life, the workplace, racial and environmental justice, and human rights, as states march toward compassionate laws and legalization. His business acumen and discourse about using cannabis for wellness instead of intoxication, the role of entrepreneurship in social change, and the responsible use of cannabis have been called "visionary" by many.

Over half the United States has legalized cannabis for medical use, and four states have legalized it for all adults. At least five more adult-use initiatives will be on state ballots in 2016, and all are polling strongly in favor. Among them is California. The Cannabis Manifesto is an important book in a watershed moment. Gift this vital work to your family and friends:

"Steve is truly the father of the legal cannabis industry." –Willie L. Brown, Jr., 41st mayor of San Francisco

"There is no greater authority in the United States on marijuana and the laws surrounding it than Steve DeAngelo." –Morgan Spurlock, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and CNN's "Inside Man"

About Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center:

"Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Oakland and San Jose, California, is looked upon as a model of how others could operate." - The New York Times

Founded in 2006 by Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center is the most respected and largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States. Harborside has over 200,000 registered patients and was first in the nation to support education for seniors, veterans and families with severely ill children; first in the country to offer CBD-rich medicine; and the first to treat children with Dravet syndrome. Harborside continues to set an example of diversity and compliance, and is one of the prime advocates of diversity, sustainability and economic justice in the industry.

DeAngelo also co-founded the nation's first cannabis-testing facility, Steep Hill Labs, and the country's first cannabis investment and research firm, The ArcView Group. His debut book, The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness, is published by North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin/Random House. DeAngelo was named one of the most influential people and "gatekeeper" of the marijuana industry in 2015 by the International Business Times, and one of the most influential people in the cannabis industry in 2014 by the Cannabis Business Executive.

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Steve DeAngelo with former Speaker of the California State Assembly and past Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown (1)