Before the High Court: the legal systematics of Cannabis

  title={Before the High Court: the legal systematics of Cannabis},
  author={Jocelyn Bosse},
  journal={Griffith Law Review},
  pages={302 - 329}
  • J. Bosse
  • Published 2 April 2020
  • Law
  • Griffith Law Review
ABSTRACT This article examines the history of a legal-scientific controversy: the challenges to criminal prohibitions on marijuana, which invoked contested scientific views of the taxonomy of the cannabis plant. Facing prosecution in the 1970s, numerous defendants raised the ‘botanical defence’, an argument that relied on the expert testimony of scientists to dispute the classification and nomenclature of genus Cannabis. This article analyses judicial opinions from the three nations where the… 


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