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The Marijuana Conviction
A History of Marijuana Prohibition in the United States
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Author(s) :
Richard J. Bonnie
Charles H. Whitebread III
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1974, 1999
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Publisher :
The Lindesmith Center
Originally printed in 1974, The MArijuana Conviction is the first comprehensive history of marijuana use and prohibition in the U.S. Bonnie and Whitebread's historical overview examines the origins and history of marijuana prohibition as well as the laws' unintended consequences.

"The book is a crisply written and well documented account of the complex political, social, legal and medical factors that led to the codification of Draconian laws at both federal and state levels."
-- New England Journal of Medicine

"...the book is a scholarly, objective account of America's experience with marijuana...This book can be recommended to those who are interested in marijuana's past and its future."

"Judicious in tone, relying heavily on Bureau of Narcotics archives, Professors Bonnie and Whitebread expertly intertwine sociological, psychological, medical, political, and legal strands into a richly complex history of marijuana attitudes and control...."
-- American Historical Review

"...nothing less than a pot encyclopedia....This unique book will become essential for any drug collection in public and academic libraries."
-- Library Journal

Richard Bonnie is the John S. Battle Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and Director of the University's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.

Charles H. Whitebread II is the George T. Pfleger Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law Center as well as a faculty member of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.