powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the July 2023 release of

An American Cannabis Story
by David Goodman

The reversal of marijuana laws and the outright legalization of pot in a growing number of states has converted cannabis cultivation from a clandestine, backwoods operation into a mainstream, multi-billion-dollar agricultural business. An American Cannabis Story details the backstory and methods of Puffin Farm—one of America’s first legal-cannabis pioneers—and swings open the gate onto the previously unseen world of the blossoming American weed culture. With unprecedented exclusive access, author and photographer David Goodman reveals the never-before-seen world of America’s “Green Rush” in words and stunning photos. An American Cannabis Story will forever change the way you see and understand cannabis.

This is not your average cannabis farm, and Goodman makes that point by taking you deep into the operations of this certified Sun+Earth grower. The sweeping, sun-drenched fields and gorgeous up-close plant studies provide a surprisingly wholesome view that’s nothing like the backwoods operation you might imagine.

Open the book and discover detailed first person texts and jaw-droppingly beautiful photographs of the behind-the-scenes cultivation, extraction, and processing of the finest grade, sun-grown, organic cannabis on the market.

Every page is adorned with vibrant images of the majestic cannabis plants and expertly crafted products like vaping oil, bubble hash, rosin, and pre-roll joints. Goodman’s photography is so captivating and immersive you’ll feel like you’re standing in the middle of it all, inhaling the aroma of the fragrant fields on a cool, crisp Cascade Mountain breeze.

Goodman swings open the gate onto the previously unseen world of American pot farming and his journey into the emerging cannabis revolution. The result is an in-depth look at the practices and lifestyle of pot producers and the blossoming weed culture. He captures sweeping photographic vistas of the farm, as well as breathtaking close-up studies of the beautiful varieties of flower, and documents all the processes that go into creating Puffin Farm’s award-winning weed.

An American Cannabis Story is an in-depth look at the cannabis industry’s wholesome new attitude, packed with stunning images, and filled with the hopes and dreams of today’s new green entrepreneurs.


David Goodman received his first camera at the age of 8, learned to develop film at 11, and created photography throughout his teen years in the darkroom he built in the basement of his Long Island home. He opened his first photography studio in New York City when he was 24.

Over the years his work has appeared in print and online publications as diverse as the New York Times, Vogue, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. His most recent New York City gallery show featured his photo series on Manhattan’s revolutionary park, the High Line.

A partial preview is available here: An American Cannabis Story

Photography / Agriculture / Photojournalism
Hardcover, 11.81 x 9.21 inches, 208 pages
ISBN: 978-1-64823-029-5, $42.00 US / $57.00 CAN

High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: From An American Cannabis Story by David Goodman, published by powerHouse Books.


An American Cannabis Story is available to pre-order now through our website and book retailers.

An American Cannabis Story
By David Goodman
Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-64823-029-5

Available for consumer purchase through our website.
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