1948-1950 - FIRST UK CANNABIS BUST AT THE NUMBER 11 CLUB, SOHO
Club Eleven was a nightclub in
London between 1948 and 1950 which played a significant role in the
emergence of the bebop jazz movement in Britain.
In 1950, the club moved to 50
Carnaby Street, but closed a few months later after a police raid.
A ship's steward had been
arrested in possession of cannabis, and under interrogation stated he
had purchased the drugs at Club Eleven, leading the police to raid
the club on 15 April. The police raid recovered cannabis and
cocaine, and an empty morphine ampoule. This led to the arrest of
several young white British men, shaking social assumptions about
drug use being confined to the lower classes and non-whites.
Richard Davenport-Hines (10
November 2003). The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of
Narcotics. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 374
arek Kohn (7 March 2013). Dope
Girls: The Birth Of The British Drug Underground. Granta
Publications. pp. 177