Druglink article 1998 – What’s in a sausage? The roots of cannabis prohibition by Harry Shapiro

The law reform lobby has been revitalised in the nineties supported by elements within the body politic, the media, medicine, the police and the judiciary and an unknown but growing proportion of the public. However, most governments, international agencies – in fact, most of the population – are still opposed to the relaxation of controls, citing medical evidence and the obligations of treaties as obstacles to reform. But how did the key drug in this debate, cannabis, become a controlled drug in the first place? Harry Shapiro digs down to the roots of prohibition and finds a sausage.

What’s in a sausage? The roots of cannabis prohibition (PDF)