Veteran activist, scholar, and cannabis entrepreneur Ted Smith provides a comprehensive and easy-to-read account of humanity's long and complicated relationship with hemp, from its early use as a source of food and fiber to the quagmire of misregulation and disinformation that is the "War on Drugs". Smith combines over two decades of first-hand experience with extensive research, providing readers with crucial information that dispels institutional ignorance and unconstitutional laws. Ted Smith has been working with the International Hempology 101 Society, based in Victoria, B.C., to educate the public about cannabis and prohibition since 1995. In 1996 he started the Cannabis Buyers' Club of Canada to supply medical cannabis, edibles, and topical products to people suffering from permanent physical disabilities. As well as hosting a number of annual conventions at various post-secondary institutions, Ted Teaches a free, non-credit lecture series at the University of Victoria. He is also the publisher of the Cannabis Digest, a free newspaper focused on medicinal cannabis, hemp, and activism.