Given the benefits of pot smoking--new ones being discovered every day--who caused marijuana to be made illegal? There are hundreds of sites, but check out this succinct recital of the feds' intervention in the age-old debate.
A description of Erik's novel, Gaviota, is set forth on Amazon's website for the book. Use Gaviota, a novel, or Erik O'Dowd in Amazon's books search engine to locate the novel. Also, information about the novel can be found at Erik's website: www.erikodowd.com.