JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Rankin of Seattle University School of Law discusses the effects of criminalizing homelessness in the US...As a lawyer, I am particularly interested in how we take our impulses and fears and codify them into our laws...
On February 9, 1962, Jamaica left the Federation of the West Indies, becoming a fully-independent nation for the first time in its history. The country did, however, remain a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
First US federal anti-narcotics legislation passed
On February 9, 1909, Congress passed the first federal legislation prohibiting narcotics. The "Act to Prohibit Importation and Use Of Opium" barred the importation of opium at other than specified ports and for other than medicinal use. Read a contemporary call for quick passage of the legislation just days before it passed the House.