Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on by Isaac Campos

By Isaac Campos

Historian Isaac Campos combines wide-ranging archival learn with the newest scholarship at the social and cultural dimensions of drug-related habit during this telling of marijuana's notable background in Mexico. brought within the 16th century by way of the Spanish, hashish got here to Mexico as an business fiber and image of ecu empire. yet, Campos demonstrates, because it progressively unfold to indigenous pharmacopoeias, then prisons and squaddies' barracks, it took on either a Mexican name--marijuana--and id as a quintessentially "Mexican" drug. A century in the past, Mexicans believed that marijuana might immediately set off insanity and violence in its clients, and the drug was once outlawed national in 1920.

Home Grown therefore lines the deep roots of the antidrug ideology and prohibitionist rules that anchor the drug-war violence that engulfs Mexico this present day. Campos additionally counters the normal narrative of recent drug wars, which casts international drug prohibition as a type of casual American cultural colonization. as a substitute, he argues, Mexican principles have been the basis for notions of "reefer insanity" within the usa. This e-book is an necessary consultant for someone who hopes to appreciate the deep and complicated origins of marijuana's arguable position in North American history.

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