The control of cannabis in Mexico, c.1900 to 1961 : government attitudes and approaches

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 2015
Thesis identifier
  • T14251
Person Identifier (Local)
  • 201187715
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Department, School or Faculty
  • This thesis surveys official efforts made to control marijuana use in Mexico between the end of the nineteenth-century and the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961. The first attempts to regulate cannabis began with the limitation of its use in the nineteenth century. Later the government made health and penal codes that regulated the sale and consumption of marijuana, and this was followed by campaigns from the 1930s to the 1950s to intervene in its cultivation, production and supply. Using government records and newspaper sources this research traces the difficulties faced by the authorities over more than half a century in their efforts to stop cannabis production, consumption and traffic. It also considers the forces that shaped these efforts. While the enduring market and domestic attitudes to preparations of the drug were important, this work also demonstrates that the Mexican policy underwent changes due to external pressures after the international establishment of organisations and agreements designed to control drugs worldwide.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Smith, Matthew
  • Mills, Jim
Resource Type
Embargo Note
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