Ed Rosenthal - Publisher, Author, and Long-time Marijuana Activist
Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as an authority on marijuana. His books cover gardening, law and social policy, and have cumulatively sold over two million copies. Rosenthal is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the Garden Writers Association of America, and has served as an expert witness on marijuana cultivation in federal and state trials.
Rosenthal has also been active in promoting and developing policies of civil regulation for medical marijuana. With the passage of California's pioneering Prop 215 in 1996, which authorizes medicinal use of marijuana, he worked with the state and local governments to implement the delivery of pharmaceutical grade cannabis to patients.
In 2002, federal agents arrested Ed, even though he had been deputized by the City of Oakland to grow marijuana for medical use. In a stunning setback for the federal government, he was sentenced to only one day in prison. In 2006 the 9th Circuit Appeals Court overthrew Rosenthal's conviction. Several months later the US Federal Attorney's office re-indicted him. A new trial is scheduled for early 2007 (for more information, visit www.green-aid.com).
Rosenthal's public battles in the court have focused attention on the fact that the marijuana laws have become more harmful to society than the behavior they were intended to regulate. Recent polls show that 80% of Americans now support legal access to medical marijuana, even though the Bush administration still works to thwart the medical marijuana movement.
“Mr. Rosenthal is the pothead's answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard all in one.” - NY Times January 2003