Every child has to grow up and make do with the world he or she is born into. So it was with David Michael McNelis.
His mother and members of his family in the late 1970s decided to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. at a time when it was considered illegal. David was not part of that decision, but in many ways — some not even apparent to him — he was made to suffer. Still, he sees his life and the lives of his family with kind eyes, and many times points out lessons he learned in observing the generosity and friendships that came about in the many places he lived.
That David is able look back and treat the people in his family with such kindness and understanding probably says more about the discerning nature of this young man than about the buying and selling of pot in those tumultuous times.
In “My Most Wanted Marijuana Mom: Growing Up in a Smuggling Family,” a well-written, insightful chronicle of the ‘80s, David takes us into