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 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.
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.
About the Author:
Susan Boyd is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. She is the author of a number of articles and books, including: Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the myths; From Witches to Crack Moms: Women drug law, and policy; Hooked: Drug war films in Britain, Canada, and the U.S.; and co-author of Raise Shit!: Social action saving lives and Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media, and justice. She also works with national and community organizations that advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction initiatives..