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‘Cannabis was spreading to white people’: New Consumers, New Controls, 1962–1971

James H. Mills

in Cannabis Nation

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199283422
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283422.003.0006
‘Cannabis was spreading to white people’: New Consumers, New Controls, 1962–1971

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Chapter 6 begins to assess the events of the last half-century in the UK as markets in the country for cannabis became larger and more complex and control mechanisms expanded and attracted ever greater time and resources. Stories from the 1960s are familiar and this chapter seeks to get behind the headlines to examine exactly what was significant about the decade. It explores just how far the drug was adopted by the country's youth outside of London's fashionable elites before considering official responses. The chapter explores the origins of the compromise solutions advocated in the Report on Cannabis of the Wootton Committee, and shows that its key points were quickly adopted despite controversies at the time about its recommendations.

Keywords: UK regions; police; counter-culture; law; release; Wootton Committee; experts

Chapter.  16862 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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