"A most welcome and important contribution to the history of marijuana prohibition. It has broadened our understanding of how we got to this place, and it belongs on the book shelf of every serious student of the topic."
-Drug War Chronicle
is a must read for historians, criminologists, analysts, and policy-makers, alike, especially those interested in understanding the origins of Mexico's current political and social unrest, the cultural underpinnings for marijuana prohibition, or the broader 'War on Drugs.'"
-Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Review
is a necessary resource for any scholar of drug cultures, drug prohibition, or Mexican studies."-Journal of Historical Geography
"Recommended. All levels/libraries."
"You don't have to be a 'pothead' to enjoy and learn from Isaac Campos's pioneering and carefully researched inquiry into the special plant-commodity identified botanically as cannabis. . . . Campos's study comprehensively examines the ecological, sociocultural, and political dimensions of the history of human interaction with a plant."
-Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"An engaging work of sociocultural history. . . . It deserves a wide reading."
"Campos has reconfigured our understanding of the flow of ideas about marijuana."
-Hispanic American Historical Review
"Campos remedies the scarcity of historical work on the origins of drug prohibition in Latin America while pointing out the need to better understand the causes and consequences of these prohibitions if we are to grasp the current "War on Drugs". . . . [This] book is a call to arms."
-American Historical Review
"Isaac Campos is, for my money, the best historian at work today on the history of marijuana, and he has written the best book that anyone could read on that topic."--John Charles Chasteen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
From the Inside Flap
Historian Isaac Campos combines wide-ranging archival research with the latest scholarship on the social and cultural dimensions of drug-related behavior in this telling of marijuana's remarkable history in Mexico. Introduced in the sixteenth century by the Spanish, cannabis came to Mexico as an industrial fiber and symbol of European empire. But, Campos demonstrates, as it gradually spread to indigenous pharmacopoeias, then prisons and soldiers' barracks, it took on both a Mexican name--marijuana--and identity as a quintessentially "Mexican" drug. A century ago, Mexicans believed that marijuana could instantly trigger madness and violence in its users, and the drug was outlawed nationwide in 1920. This book is an indispensible guide for anyone who hopes to understand the deep and complex origins of marijuana's controversial place in North American history.