‘The prevalence of hashish smoking among the coloured men’:<sup>1</sup> Migration, Communism, and Crime, 1945–1962

James H. Mills

in Cannabis Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199283422
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746161 | DOI:
‘The prevalence of hashish smoking among the coloured men’:1 Migration, Communism, and Crime, 1945–1962

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Chapter 4 explores the years between 1945 and 1962, in order to look at the dynamics of a period in which a permanent domestic market for the drug was established in Britain. Migrant workers arriving from the colonies introduced cannabis to the more curious members of the UK's population who took to experimenting with various aspects of the newcomers' lifestyles. The less curious and more reactionary met the migrants with racism and rejection. Discussions of cannabis and approaches to consumption of the drug in this are traced to anxieties about race and the Cold War against a backdrop of the end of Empire.

Keywords: migration; colour; crime; police; enforcement; media; Home Office; drugs branch

Chapter.  9694 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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