Customer Reviews from Amazon Vine, December 2014

Amazon Vine readers have been given the opportunity to preview “Big Weed” and have given it an average of 5 out of 5 stars. All you reviewers out there, thanks for the great feedback!
The following reviews were originally published on Amazon.com.

 

I’m so excited I almost don’t want to write this review because I don’t want anymore competition

5.0 out of 5 stars

This book is a quick and enjoyable read that makes me want to get up and head for Colorado and open up a business. I’m so excited I almost don’t want to write this review because I don’t want more competition.

Even if this isn’t for you, you should read this book because it is a great indication of the changing world we are living in. Christian Hageseth has a real nice writing style that I really enjoyed. I literately read the book from cover-to-cover in a couple of days.

December 30, 2014


 

Interesting and easy to read

4.0 out of 5 stars

I was interested in this book because I live close to the Colorado border and also go to Denver three or four times a year.

As a former criminal prosecutor I’m thrilled that pot is being taken off the books in some states. It’s disgusting how clogged up the system is with pot cases in so many places.

Anyhow, I was interested to hear how the business end of pot was progressing up in Denver. This book does a fairly good job of describing certain aspects of the booming business. The book also offers amusing and brief ‘history’ snippets. The author’s theory that pot has been historically marginalized in the US because of racism was interesting. Of course comparisons between weed and alcohol and Prohibition are inevitable, but the author keeps that short.

The part of the book I found most annoying was the author’s insistence on proving to the reader what a ‘spiritual’ journey his pot experience has been. Repeatedly the author tries to convince the reader that his motivations for developing a weed empire are somehow more organic and less greedy than his failed real estate business. I don’t care either way, but I just don’t appreciate a snow job, or an attempted snow job. Mr. Hageseth is in this business for the money — that’s what this guy DOES.

He came to the whole pot thing pretty late (2009) unless you count smoking weed with his buddies back in high school. His interest in marijuana developed after the drug was legalized for medical use. I only point this out to distinguish him from the vast number of people who have been agitating for legalization for decades.

Anyhow, I learned a lot of interesting facts reading this book. By far the most interesting part of the book — to me– was the federal government’s attitude toward legalizing marijuana. Mr. Hageseth’s experiences with a cash economy are very interesting to think about. The ‘wild west’ element of the legalized pot world is fascinating.

Also interesting is how the state of Colorado is making crazy profit on the industry even this early in the game. Just looking at the numbers — the millions the government has harvested from pot to balance the budget — made me realize that pot will be available at a store near me sooner rather than later.

As I write this review I realize more and more things that I learned — the fact that pot has only been going up in potency in the hands of American growers, for instance. It sounds like the potential is there to develop a drug far beyond the current product, which will make this a tough sell for many.

Anyhow, this was a very readable book and I enjoyed the parts of it that weren’t about what a good father and husband he was. These are easily skimmed and it is fun to read about the cast of characters that have assembled around the issue.

I’m a convert after reading Mr. Hageseth’s book, but I wasn’t a hard sell to begin with.

December 26, 2014


 

Excellent Book.

5.0 out of 5 stars

The marijuana industry has gripped the nation because it is very misunderstood. I viewed it myself as the wild west of industries and in a lot of ways it is. Christian Hageseth has done a great job with this book both or the skeptical and uninformed public, but also for all with an entrepreneurial spirit.

This book is excellent and explores one man’s journey in the weed business. From his background, education, and passion to other matters like legality, legislature, and the actually operational details of business.

I found the book to be completely informative and had me considering my own views on the topics.

December 24, 2014

 

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