My last 4/20 “Celebration”: Reflections on New York Legalization on a Bittersweet Tuesday Evening

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY.  Two nights ago, I was in my car, headed to Utica College for a film screening and discussion. Earlier in the day, I had presented a conference paper for this past year’s cancelledContinue reading “My last 4/20 “Celebration”: Reflections on New York Legalization on a Bittersweet Tuesday Evening”

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.”

Highlighting Race, Ignoring Motive: Science, Subjectivity, and Walter Bromberg at Bellevue

The year 1934 was a turning point for cannabis in the U.S. This was the year that Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics turned its attention toward the marijuana menace, thus inaugurating the reefer madness era. That same year, Dr. Walter Bromberg, senior psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York, published the firstContinue reading “Highlighting Race, Ignoring Motive: Science, Subjectivity, and Walter Bromberg at Bellevue”

Points Roundtable, “Becoming a Marihuana User”: Nancy Campbell

Editor’s Note: On April 25, 1953, Howard S. Becker, a graduate of the University of Chicago’s famed School of Sociology, presented a paper at the meeting of the Midwest Sociological Association to a room of about a dozen people. It was based on fifty interviews with marijuana smokers and his “irregular and unplanned observation” of their habits,Continue reading “Points Roundtable, “Becoming a Marihuana User”: Nancy Campbell”

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