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Busted

Busted is author Susan C. Boyd's timely examination of Canada’s history of drug control and movements against that control.

Susan C. Boyd

Canada's drug laws are constantly changing. But what does Canada's history of drug prohibition say about its future?

Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition and resistance to that prohibition. Reproducing over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada's drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination. This history demonstrates that prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits, including the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for cannabis-related offences, and the current drug overdose crisis. .

Visually engaging and approachably written, Busted is a timely examination of Canada's history of drug control and movements against that control. Susan Boyd argues that in order to chart the future, it is worthwhile for us as Canadians to know our history of prohibition. (from Fernwood)

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