Rumor and Libel: Regulating Cannabis in the Panama Canal Zone, 1914-1935.

On October 2, 1935, in the midst of Reefer Madness, Nelson Rounsevell was convicted of a single libel charge in a Panama Canal Zone District Court. Rounsevell, editor of the bilingual Panama American had published a series of editorials in the summer of 1935 alleging that Colonel James V. Heidt and Major General Harold B. FiskeContinue reading “Rumor and Libel: Regulating Cannabis in the Panama Canal Zone, 1914-1935.”

The Real History of France’s First Anti-Drug Law

Myth: Napoleon Bonaparte created the first anti-marijuana law in modern history during his military campaign to Egypt around 1800. For nearly a century, scholars and amateur historians have told their readers, quite incorrectly it turns out, that in October of 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte passed an official ban on hashish across Egypt after personally observing rampant use of theContinue reading “The Real History of France’s First Anti-Drug Law”

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