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Cannabis Britannica


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1. Introduction ; 2. 'Dr O'Shaughnessy appears to have made some experiments with charas': Imperial Merchants, Victorian Science, and Hemp to 1842 ; 3. 'From the old records of the Ganja Supervisor's Office': Smuggling, Trade, and Taxation in Nineteenth-Century British India ; 4. 'The Sikh who killed the Reverend was a known bhang drinker': Medicine, Murder, and Madness in Mid-century ; 5. 'The Lunatic Asylums of India are filled with ganja smokers': Ganja in Parliament 1891-1894 ; 6. 'A bow-legged boy running with a chest of tea between his legs': Reports, Experiments, and Hallucinations 1894-1912 ; 7. 'An allusion was made to hemp in the notes appended to the Hague Opium Convention': The League of Nations and British Legislation 1912-1928 ; 8. '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 1920s ; 9. Conclusion: Cannabis and the British Government, 1800-1928 ; Bibliography ; Index


Review from previous edition an amusing book to read, very well researched, and eminently readable. * Ann Widdecombe, Radio 4 Today programme *
Mills is even-handed in raising questions about the motives and methods of witnesses on all sides of the argument. * London Review of Books *
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 *

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