RAINER SCHMIDT, born in Dusseldorf in 1964, is a journalist and author. He has worked for the BBC World Service, Zeit Magazin, Spiegel Reporter, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. His debut was published in 2008. His previous novel, Die Cannabis GmbH, was widely acclaimed. Rainer Schmidt lives in Berlin.
Germany in the year 2018. The chancellor is under
pressure from all sides to legalise cannabis. The
health insurers want to save money on medication,
while farmers and industry sense an opportunity to
make billions. When the chancellor hints that it
might be made legal the following year it kicks off
a gold (or green?) rush up and down the country.
The only one who’s depressed is the Dude. He’s in
prison for having produced the best marijuana in
the country. Unfortunately, it was still illegal at the
time. He watches on, frustrated, as chemical giant
Meduk and energy drink maker Black Devil prepare
their cannabis products for market. It soon becomes
obvious that the winner of this race will be the one
who offers the best product. Suddenly everyone is
fighting to get hold of the Dude’s legendary weed,
turning him into a pawn in a cannabis-scented
crime thriller. Legal High is a biting social satire
about greed and hypocrisy in the corridors of
power, by turns hilarious, enthralling and frighteningly
› An impassioned social satire – and very, very funny!