During the turbulent 1970s, my parents baked some 10,000 illegal pot brownies per month in our home and delivered them throughout San Francisco—often from my stroller. Later, during the 1980s, my mom and I helped frontline activists provide medical marijuana to friends and former customers now suffering the depredations of AIDS.

HOME BAKED is a new kind of marijuana story—one in which the dealers are neither bad guys nor losers, but trail-blazers at the dawn of a risky new industry. It’s also the tale of a strong woman at the top of her game, a fabled city during an unfettered iteration, and the deadly devastation no one saw coming.

Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2020.