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‘The British Compromise’: Devolved Power and the Domestic Consumer, 1971–1997

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/9780199283422.003.0007
‘The British Compromise’: Devolved Power and the Domestic Consumer, 1971–1997

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This chapter takes on the story of what happened when the Wootton Committee's recommendations were implemented. It seems that they advocated what R. D. Laing called ‘the British compromise’ where the law did not change but enforcement of the law did. For those growing up in the emerging multicultural communities of the UK's cities the drug seemed as familiar a part of the routine of youthful recreation in the inner cities as Asian shopkeepers and reggae music. Nevertheless the drug remained a controlled substance so consumers continued to fall foul of the law. Chapter 6 explores the clashes over cannabis between what were fundamentally different views of government between 1971 and 1997, and investigates how far they were actually of any real relevance to those controlling and consuming cannabis.

Keywords: the British compromise; legal reform; police; magistrates; civil liberties; public health; consumers

Chapter.  13672 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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