Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Banks, Cannabis and Colonisation

Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp
by Dr John Jiggens .

Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval strategy between 1776 and 1815, a period when Britain lost its first empire in the US and began a second empire, centred on the Pacific.
(This was also explored and researched by me, the subject formed the core historical reference that begins the story told as "The Potted History of New Zealand" delivered .to various Rotory's and civic groups in New Zealand. Jiggens is a muc deeper and thorough historical narrative. /Blair)

Jiggens argues that New South Wales was intended as a replacement hemp colony for the US. The convicts were a cover story. ‘The Father of Australia’ Sir Joseph Banks was a cannabis zealot, who, together with his protégé Governor Philip King, was responsible for the cultivation of tens of acres of cannabis on the banks of the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers in the 1800s.
English: Joseph Banks (1743-1820)
English: Joseph Banks (1743-1820) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Although Banks was primarily interested in hemp as a fibre crop, he was also intrigued with drug cannabis or ganga. Banks was regularly sent quantities of hashish from James Matra, the British consul in Tangiers. (Matra accompanied Cook on the 1770 voyages as a midshipman).  The poet and early drug enthusiast, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, found out about Banks’ stash of hashish and got Banks to send him a quantity. Coleridge later wrote an account of his experience, which is the first recorded use of drug cannabis in England. This, of course, makes Banks the first supplier of drug cannabis in England.

Canterbury/Christchurch City Library has been requested to obtain a copy of Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp. (Banks Peninsula?)

John attended the Nimbin MardiGrass last year  promoting his book.

Blair Anderson
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