James H. Mills

in Cannabis Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199283422
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746161 | DOI:

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The chapter introduces the two themes of consumption and control which shape the book's investigation of the history of cannabis and the British since 1928. It reviews the period before 1928 which was covered by this volume's predecessor, Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade and Prohibition, 1800–1928 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). The Introduction explains that the book starts where the previous volume left off in 1928, the year of the UK's new regulations on cannabis, and that it covers the period until 2008 when the drug was reclassified by the Home Secretary. Readers are introduced to the range of studies in drugs history and the various factors that have shaped the consumption and control of psychoactive substances in modern societies. An overview of subsequent chapters is included to enable readers to navigate their way through the book.

Keywords: consumption; control; drugs history

Chapter.  3781 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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