Cannabis : the illegalization of weed in America
Brown, Box, author, artist.
Cannabis : the illegalization of weed in America / Box Brown.
New York : First Second, 2019.
244 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
"During the Spanish conquests Cortés introduced hemp farming as part of his violent colonial campaign. In secret, locals began cultivating the plant for consumption. It eventually made its way to the United States through the immigrant labor force where it was shared with black laborers. It doesn't take long for American lawmakers to decry cannabis as the vice of 'inferior races.' Enter an era of propaganda designed to feed a moral panic about the dangers of a plant that had been used by humanity for thousands of years. Cannabis was given a schedule I classification, which it shared with drugs like heroin. This opened the door for a so-called "war on drugs" that disproportionately targeted young black men, leaving hundreds of thousands in prison, many for minor infractions. With its roots in "reefer madness" and misleading studies into the effects of cannabis, America's complicated and racialized relationship with marijuana continues to this day."--Amazon.
- Subject headings
Marijuana--Law and legislation--Comic books, strips, etc.
Marijuana--Government policy--United States--Comic books, strips, etc.
Drug legalization--United States--Comic books, strips, etc.
- Genre heading
Comic books, strips, etc.