A while back when I was working for the cannabis legalization NGO VOC Nederland, my colleague couldn’t shut up about this new book he acquired: Chasing The Scream by Johann Hari.

I don’t think I ever cried this much while reading a book

Only after the book got into my hands, with the task of bringing it back from one colleague to the other, I decided to read it during a short summer break. And I’m very glad I did.

Having just returned from the 2015 Hanfparade in Berlin, I was pretty tired after a long ride from Berlin to Holland and at some point when I got home I asked myself, why are you doing this?

It was the next day I would pick up Chasing The Scream and quickly breezed through the first 100 or so pages.

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At first the heartbreaking story of Billie Holiday, followed by Arnold Rothstein who I remembered from the TV hit show Boardwalk Empire, all the way to Mexico and Canada.

I don’t think I ever cried this much while reading a book. Truth be told, I’m an emotional person, but still. After 5 different chapters, the tears started rolling down my cheek.

Johann Hari managed to capture and phrase the stories of victims of the War on Drugs in a way that is captivating until the very end

And that’s quite something, especially for a non-fiction book.

Johann Hari managed to capture and phrase the stories of victims of the War on Drugs in a way that is captivating until the very end.

Too for example the story from renowned speaker and author Gabor Maté, known by many by his appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, The Culture High, his TED talk, or some of his other work.

Having read the book, you will be able to counter any argument which would continue the War on Drugs. And so it becomes an incredibly valuable piece, not only for journalists, governments, researchers and such, but also activists and drug users themselves.

The War on Drugs is unjust and needs to end. Johann Hari helps you phrase arguments for doing just that.

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