Friday Book Club: Smuggler's Blues

Smuggler’s Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia (Cannabis Americana: Remembrance of the War on Plants, Volume 1)” by Richard Stratton 

Today we are taking a look at the wildly fascinating accounts of one person’s story that reads like extravagant fiction written for an action-comedy/crime drama akin to “Weeds” or a softer “Breaking Bad”.

Author Richard Stratton shares his story of how he became a marijuana kingpin, joined the Hippe Mafia, connected with international drug dealers, and so much more.

Through psychedelic experiences, exploring the hippie sub-culture, a rivalry with a DEA agent, and more “Smuggler’s Blues” highlights the life and adventures of one of the fascinating characters standing out in the modern cannabis culture.

-Topic Focus-

The primary focus of “Smuggler’s Blues” would be the incredible trials, challenges, and wild tales experienced by author Richard Stratton.

Everything from chronicling his journey from Lebanon, New York, Maine, the Caribbean, and more to explain his unique rivalry with the DEA agent tasked with bringing him in.

This one is a very fun and fascinating glimpse into the life of someone who dared to live on the edge of counter-culture as he made money and memories in the marijuana industry.

About the Author

Author Richard Stratton is no stranger to putting books out into the world as he is the author of 15 books such as “Kingpin: Prisoner of the War on Drugs”, “The World of the American Pit Bull Terrier”, “Altered States of America: Outlaws and Icons, Hitmakers and Hitmen” and so many more.

Richard Stratton evolved from a more innocent, clean-cut young person into a seasoned smuggler who was dodging the law while navigating the murky waters of the criminal underworld.

If you’re interested in exploring the many books published by Richard Stratton then you can see them here:

-Reading Experience-

“Smugglers Blues” really seems to read like a script written for an exciting television show but the truth is that these are the summarized experiences that the author Richard Stratton went through.

The author displays a passion for the world of cannabis, exhibits a degree of vulnerability, and you can kind of discern a sense of playful mischief through his writing.

The flow of the book feels like a stream-of-consciousness diary at times that stays fresh and interesting by transitioning from story arc to story arc. The celebrity cameos also contribute to keeping the book feeling interesting.


If you are a fan of modern marijuana television series such as “Weeds” then this book will be right up your alley.

Author Richard Stratton puts his own personal story together in a fun book that also sheds light on aspects of smuggling, the modern cannabis world, his travels, and more that is actually fun to read.

Seems like only a matter of time before someone buys the rights to this story for a movie, Netflix special, or a television series.

You can smuggle your own copy of this book here:

Noemi Gonzales

Noemi and her partner Joe are a dynamic duo that tackles a wide variety of business endeavors together and has a special place in their hearts for the Cannabis Industry. Years of experience in journalism, covering cannabis events, interviewing fascinating people in the cannabis industry, and hard research helps to keep us on our toes when it comes to reporting on the Cannabis industry

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