Prof Laurie Taylor, Thinking Allowed BBC Radio 4

Laurie Taylor dives into an intoxicating past when he meets two historians who’ve been delving into the whys and wherefores of early anti-drug policies.

Jessica Warner has written about the moral panic surrounding Gin, who could and couldn’t drink it, in eighteenth century London whilst James Mills has been exploring the processes which led up to the first instances of cannabis regulation in the 1920s.

Their histories comprise a heady mixture of vested interest and realpolitik which continued to influence penal policies almost down to the present day.

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