It's Just a Plant: Children's book on Marijuana

Hardcover version is likely to revive debate

From the illustrator of the parody children’s book Go the Fuck to Sleep, comes the hardcover version of another controversial title, It’s Just a Plant: a children’s story of marijuana.

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While some reviewers have called the book “an outrage”, others feel the book is “a much, much better idea than it would seem at first glance.”

According to the book’s website, the illustrated story, “follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer.” The goal, they say, is to bring the issue of marijuana use to the forefront and how current methods of prohibition, drug education programs and”Just Say No” have proven ineffective in deterring children from using the substance. “Marijuana can be hard to talk about,” the site acknowledges, and, “It’s Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to discuss the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner.”

And the book about pot has received praises from some unlikely sources, including doctors, newspapers and even Fox News standby, Bill O’Reilley. “Just Say No doesn’t always work,” the Conservative icon said in a interview with author and illustrator, Ricardo Cortés.

The New York Post gave the book 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars and called it, “Funny.. offbeat… a riot, with a series of characters explaining the glory of cannabis to a young girl and her mother.”

Even executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, was quoted as saying, “I highly recommend this little book for students in D.A.R.E., other drug abuse prevention programs, and their teachers and parents. It’s a jewel.”

While the book may be seen as a tool to create a dialogue for some parents about drug use/abuse, some parents feel the book doesn’t go far enough. One reader says, “A children’s book that advocates breaking the law because the law isn’t ‘deemed’ fair is not the right way to educate our children. Try a different angle, but this book is not educational.”

Judge for yourself. A preview can be found at, where interested parents can also purchase the 48-page hardcover edition published by Magic Propaganda Mill for $20.