2 August

'We cannot understand yet, Mr Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for two years without any initiative, even to the profession, that it was being prepared... No medical man would identify this bill with a medicine until he read it through, because marihuana is not a drug, simply a name given to cannabis ...' _ William C Woodward, American Medical Association

August 2, 2009 · 1 min read

The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was published today. The act itself did not criminalise the possession or use but levied a tax equaling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in cannabis, hemp or marijuana.


Manchester skyline

Why planning is political

Andrea Sandor explores how community-led developments are putting democracy at the heart of the planning process

Review – Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors

D Hunter's 'Tracksuits, Traumas and Class Traitors' is an exploration of working-class struggle and strength, writes Liam Kennedy

Bank Job directors Daniel and Hilary

Review – Bank Job

Jake Woodier reviews a new documentary film that brings heist aesthetics to a story of debt activism


Beyond leek-flavoured UKism

‘Radical federalism’ should do more than rearrange the constitutional furniture, writes Undod’s Robat Idris

A street sign in Watford marks Colonial Way leading to Rhodes Way, Imperial Way and Clive Way

Statues, street names, and contested memory

Proudly 'anti-woke' posturing is just the latest government attempt to memorialise white supremacy. Meghan Tinsley reports on the politics of commemoration

Who decides what counts as ‘political’?

Government demands for public sector ‘neutrality’ uphold a harmful status quo. For civil servant Sophie Izon, it's time to speak out