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Mexican Opium: The Wordtrack (Disc 2)

This is the second installment of a series about books that I’ve read for this blog that are at least in part about early American drug law. I’ll give a few-line overview of what the book is about, and then three quotes I found pull-worthy (because they explain something about an early law, offer a … Continue reading

“War on the Underclass”

Chances are decent that if you’re reading this, you’ve seen the HBO program The Wire. I say this because if you find yourself on this blog you are either: (a) Interested in drug policy, which is a central inquiry of┬áThe Wire, or (b) A friend or family member of mine, which means that I’ve likely … Continue reading

Mexican Opium: The Wordtrack (Disc 1)

Drugs, as it turns out, are a fantastically interdisciplinary subject matter. While I’m sure there are plenty of medical books exploring exclusively the interactions that Drug X has with, say, the nervous system, books about drugs generally fall into some hybrid category combining any number of the following subjects: Medicine, Law, Sociology, Public Policy, History, … Continue reading

Interview with Reuel Schiller

I had the pleasure of sitting down for a talk with UC Hastings Professor Reuel Schiller in his office last week. Schiller, who teaches legal history at Hastings, has a fantastic knowledge bank for the era when the first drug laws were coming in (i.e. post Civil War, pre-WWII). I thought that was reason enough … Continue reading