My name is LeRon L. Barton and I was born in Kansas City, Mo in 1978 (totally dating myself - LOL). Like any Midwestern person, I wanted to come to California. Why? Because of the weather and the beaches, duh! After going to school for IT and moving from San Diego to The Bay Area, which I absolutely love, there was a void in my life. I broke down and admitted to myself, I am an artist! All my life I knew that I wanted to be a writer, well a stuntman, then a race car driver (I still want to!), but finally settled on using the power of the written word. I have written poetry, short stories, essays, and two screen plays, but I have always wanted to write a book. The idea for Straight Dope came because I wanted to create something real, impactful, and that I had knowledge of. Where I come from, in my neighborhood, circle of friends, and way of life, drugs have always been around. Instead of taking a judgemental view on the topic, I wanted to have people tell their own story and listen. I just didn't want to talk to law enforcenment and get this uniform answer on drugs in America, I wanted a well rounded look into drug culture, hence the title, "Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American drug culture." This is my first book, but definetly not the last. I hope to continue to release projects that will make people take a step back and listen, learn, and as they say around my way - "Recognize, realize, and analyze."
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Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American drug culture
by LeRon Barton
Straight Dope is book that asks the simple question – why are drugs so entrenched in America's society. Instead of doing the same ol' rigamarole song and dance and interviewing talking heads and experts, Straight Dope gets to the heart of the matter and talks to the people at ground zero – the drug addicts whose life revolves around getting high
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