In 1923, after thousands of years of use by humankind, Canada made the hasty decision to enact cannabis prohibition under a cloud of fear stemming from the ban on opium and other drugs. The unfortunate move was a catalyst that led to decades of criminal charges for Canadians who simply wanted to enjoy marijuana as a pastime or as a medicine.
Pot was then subjected to endless propaganda on behalf of domestic and international governments, who believed that it was just as dangerous as heroin, with no medicinal value whatsoever. Since that time, science has suggested that cannabis is an effective medicine and a safer alternative to other social drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
Although marijuana prohibition was quick, its legalization was a decades-long struggle for empathy and understanding on behalf of those who made the decision to use it. Advocates, activists, patients, sympathetic lawmakers, and anyone else who knew the truth, fought tirelessly with the powers that be to reinstate the plant and bring it back into everyday society.
In Jon Hiltz’s first book, The Wild West: Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana, we take a journey into the years of effort required to release cannabis from the chains of prohibition, and the many victories and losses along the way.
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