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Deporting “Ah Sin” to Save the White Race: Moral Panic, Racialization, and the Extension of Canadian Drug Laws in the 1920s – Catherine Carstairs Highly racialized drug panic = sever drug legislation including 6 months’ sentences for possession Had effects on Chinese-Canadians who have been targeted by enforcement officials and faced the possibility of deportation Harsh new legislation and Chinese exclusion – leading to maximum sentences for trafficking and possession from 1 to 7 years in 1921 1922 – people could be deported for drug offences o people convicted of possession or trafficking offences should serve jail terms of at least 6 months Schedule of Restricted Drugs 1923: cocaine and marijuana were added limit the right to appeal a conviction for possession or trafficking – significant turning point in Canada’s approach to drug use Canada's drug laws were inspired by hostility against racial minorities drug literature in Canada "has rather uncritically accepted the nation that the legislation was implemented to control the immigrant Chinese." Laws derived from Chinese opium-smoking on the West Coast 1921-1928: Chinese Canadians received shorter sentences for narcotic offences than whites in 5 Ontario cities – bc of white paternalism and questionable police practices.

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