GIN and CANNABIS
Laurie Taylor dives into an intoxicating past when he meets two historians who’ve been delving into the whys and wherefores of early anti-drug policies.
Jessica Warner has written about the moral panic surrounding Gin, who could and couldn’t drink it, in eighteenth century London whilst James Mills has been exploring the processes which led up to the first instances of cannabis regulation in the 1920s.
Their histories comprise a heady mixture of vested interest and realpolitik which continued to influence penal policies almost down to the present day.
Professor of History at the University of Toronto
research scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason
Profile Books ISBN 1 86197 670 4
Dr James Mills
Senior Lecturer in History at Strathclyde University and ESRC Research Fellow
Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928
Oxford University Press
BBC – Crime A to Z of Drugs
European legal datatbase on drugs – Country profiles – United Kingdom
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