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September 23, 1939

Marihuana, America's New Drug Problem: A Sociologic Question with Its Basic Explanation Dependent on Biologic and Medical Principles

JAMA. 1939;113(13):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800380066030

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This book has served to bring together a large body of information on Indian hemp. Much of the material represents a concise interpretation of the present bibliography on the subject. The author reviews the history of the misuse of hashish and concludes that this "vice" has flourished conspicuously in many countries for the last thousand years. He points out that during the fourteenth century officials were making desperate but unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the practice and that later in the nineteenth century Napoleon's generals used forceful methods in an attempt to curb the vice, which was then considered pernicious. The author believes that these restrictions were temporarily successful and that the practice has continued at the present time with no particular prospect of being exterminated. The history of the misuse of hemp in other countries tends to support the view that the American misuse will not be speedily eradicated. The

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