General Historical Reviews
= Recommended Reading
The History of the Marijuana Laws in the United States by Charles Whitebread - A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference. An excellent, and funny, history of how we got our current drug laws.
The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition by Professor Richard J. Bonnie & Professor Charles H. Whitebread, II -- The first major study ever done of the legal history of the marihuana laws.
The Drug Hang-Up, America's Fifty Year Folly, by Rufus King
The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs, 1972. Perhaps, the best overall review of all the major drugs, and their history ever done.
The Narcotics Bureau and the Harrison Act: Jailing the Healers and the Sick - - By Rufus King, From: 62 YALE Law Journal, Pages 784-7 (1953).
The History of the Opium and Cocaine Laws by David F. Musto, MD
The History of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 by David F. Musto, MD
From the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972
Themes in Chemical Prohibition by William L. White, From: Drugs in Perspective, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1979
This paper presents an interesting historical review of the reasoning and arguments behind our chemical prohibition laws. It includes an interesting cartoon to illustrate the "domino" (gateway) theory of drugs, that one drug inevitably leads to another.
Not Thinking Like a Lawyer - The Case of Drugs in the Courts, by Steven Wisotsky
Excerpts from Smoke and Mirrors, by Dan Baum - A history of the drug war in modern times.
Historical Review of Opium/Heroin Production - by Alfred W. McCoy
Panic and Indifference, The Politics of Canada's Drug Laws. P.J. Giffen, Shirley Endicott and Sylvia Lambert. A few samples from a book which is an excellent discussion of the history of Canada's drug laws.
From Mr Sin to Mr Big by Desmond Manderson This is a synopsis of a history of the drug laws in Australia. It is a good demonstration of the racism behind the drug laws.
Are The Drug Laws Constitutional? A Historical Perspective From "Our Right To Drugs" by Thomas Szasz, Praeger Publishers, NY (1992):
History of Drug Use and Drug Users in the United States by Elaine Casey - From Facts About Drug Abuse - Participant Manual - The National Drug Abuse Center for Training Resource and Development , November, 1978
Important People in the History of Drug Policy - A collection of the writings and history of some of the more important people in the history of drug policy in the United States.
The History of the Drug Laws
Drug Law Timeline - Some significant events in the history of our drug laws
A Summary of Historical Events
Federal Court Decisions on Drugs 1900 to Present, by Decade
Marijuana - The First 12,000 Years - by Ernest Abel
Prohibition in Oregon - Oregon State Archives 50th Anniversary Exhibit
Lindesmith v. Anslinger: An early government victory in the failed war on drugs - Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology; Chicago; Winter 1998; John F Galliher; David P Keys; Michael Elsner;
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