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Cannabis Britannica : Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928 - James Mills

Cannabis Britannica

Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780199249381
Number Of Pages: 260

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Cannabis Britannica explores the historical origins of the UK's legislation and regulations on cannabis preparations before 1928. It draws on published and unpublished sources from the seventeenth century onwards from archives in the UK and India to show how the history of cannabis and the British before the twentieth century was bound up with imperialism. James Mills argues that until the 1900s, most of the information and experience gathered by British sources were drawn from colonial contexts as imperial administrators governed and observed populations where use of cannabis was extensive and established. This is most obvious in the 1890s when British anti-opium campaigners in the House of Commons seized on the issue of Government of India excise duties on the cannabis trade in Asia in order to open up another front in their attacks on imperial administration. The result was that cannabis preparations became a matter of concern in Parliament which accordingly established the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission. The story in the twentieth century is of the momentum behind moves to include cannabis substances in domestic law and in international treaties. The latter was a matter of the diplomatic politics of imperialism, as Britain sought to defend its cannabis revenues in India against American and Egyptian interests. The domestic story focuses on the coming together of the police, the media, and the pharmaceutical industry to form misunderstandings of cannabis that forced it onto the Poisons Schedule despite the misgivings of the Home Office and of key medical professionals. The book is the first full history of the origins of the moments when cannabis first became subjected to laws and regulations in Britain.

Industry Reviews

History Today: Book of the Year Prize: Highly Commended; Mills's conclusions are salutary in the current cannabis debate. London Review of Books; An excellent account of the changing perceptions of a substance that has once again become the focus of attention ... a judicious mix of serious analysis and interesting anecdotes that shed light on the ongoing colourful career of cannabis Zaheer Baber, Times Literary Supplement; "an amusing book to read, very well researched, and eminently readable". Ann Widdecombe, Radio 4 Today programme d

A Note on Terms
List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
'Dr O'Shaughnessy appears to have made some experiments with charas': Imperial Merchants, Victorian Science, and Hemp to 1842p. 17
'From the old records of the Ganja Supervisor's Office': Smuggling, Trade and Taxation in Nineteenth-Century British Indiap. 47
'The Sikh who killed the Reverend was a known bhang drinker': Medicine, Murder, and Madness in Mid-centuryp. 69
'The lunatic asylums of India are filled with ganja smokers': Ganja in Parliament, 1891-1894p. 93
'A bow-legged boy running with a chest of tea between his legs': reports, Experiments, and Hallucinations, 1894-1912p. 124
'An allusion was made to hemp in the notes appended to the Hague Opium Convention': The League of Nations and British Legislation, 1912-1928p. 152
'An outcome of cases that have come before the police courts of the use of hashish': DORA, the First World War, and the Domestic Drug Scares of the 1920sp. 188
Conclusion: Cannabis and British Government, 1800-1928p. 208
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780199249381
ISBN-10: 0199249385
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.52