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Author Boyd, Susan C., 1953-

Title Killer weed : marijuana grow ops, media, and justice / Susan C. Boyd and Connie Carter
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2014]
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Contents A Brief Socio-History of Drug Scares, Racialization, Nation Building, and Policy -- Problematizing Marijuana Grow Ops : Mayerthorpe and Beyond -- Marijuana Grow Ops and Organized Crime -- Racialization of Marijuana Grow Ops -- Civil Responses to Marijuana Grow Ops -- Using Children to Promote Increased Regulation : The Representation and Regulation of Children and Parents Found at Grow Ops -- Alternative Perspectives
Summary Annotation Since the late 1990s, marijuana grow operations have been identified by media and others as a new and dangerous criminal activity of "epidemic" proportions. With Killer Weed, Susan C. Boyd and Connie Carter use their analysis of fifteen years of newspaper coverage to show how consensus about the dangerous people and practices associated with marijuana cultivation was created and disseminated by numerous spokespeople including police, RCMP, and the media in Canada. The authors focus on the context of media reports in British Columbia to show how claims about marijuana cultivation have intensified the perception that this activity poses "significant" dangers to public safety and thus is an appropriate target for Canada's war on drugs. Boyd and Carter carefully show how the media draw on the same spokespeople to tell the same story again and again, and how a limited number of messages has led to an expanding anti-drug campaign that uses not only police, but BC Hydro and local municipalities to crack down on drug production. Going beyond the newspapers, Killer Weed examines how legal, political, and civil initiatives that have emerged from the media narrative have troubling consequences for a shrinking Canadian civil society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Drug control -- Canada -- 21st century -- History.
Marijuana -- Government policy -- Canada -- History -- 21st century.
Marijuana -- Law and legislation -- Canada.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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