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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marijuana is Hashish (some kiwi reefer madness from 1939)

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
(Cannabis sativa)
Marijuana is Hashish
In the United States, the authorities are now seizing and destroying annually four hundred thousand tons of the illicit weed popularly known as marijuana.For the first time, American school children are now seriously menaced by the temptation of narcotics. Says the Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics: Children, homeward bound from school, are being introduced to a new danger to-day in the form of a drugged ' cigarette Marijuana. This weed is jeopardising American youth, making of those who become marijuana addicts irresponsible degenerates or criminals.' On street corners there has developed the refrain, “Do you want to be happy? Hey, kid! Do you want to be happy.’’ This voice must be stilled. In Ohio, a gang of seven youths under twenty recently (perpetrated thirty-eight stick-ups while operating “high’’ on marijuana. In New York City, an addicted inmate of the Tombs confessed that he had murdered a friend, and put his body in a trunk. In West Virginia, a young man was arrested for the rape of a nine-year-old girl while under the influence of marijuana. In Texas, a hitchhiker under the influence of marijuana murdered a motorist. In Florida, a marijuana victim butchered with an axe his father, sister and two brothers. In Michigan, a marijuana addict manacled a trooper to a mail post and put a bullet through his head. So grows the tale and tally of the latest peril for the youth of America. . Marijuana-drugged cigarettes are known colloquially under various names, such as reefers and muggles. They produce idiotic laughter and a temporary state of lunacy; if they become a habit they may bring on permanent insanity. Marijuana causes a feeling of exaltation and magnificent illusions regarding time and space. Eighty miles an hour may seem like twenty, or the victim may seem to be soaring above the clouds. Later come irresistible impulses to violence. Its effects are more unpredictable than those of opium. Fortunately, juries are ignoring the plea of “temporary insanity” and sending criminal addicts to prison. In New Orleans it is claimed that one out of four arrests can be attributed to marijuana smoking. This opiate, new to the United States, has been known to the Orient since the dawn of history. Its Illicit use spread to the U.S.A. from Mexico and, with it, the slang name marijuana—“ Mary and Jane.” It is derived from the leaves and fruit of the plant Cannabis sativa. For all its impressive Greek name. Cannabis sativa is nothing .other Rhan our common weed hemp, which grows high in almost any climate. Hashish is the most popular name for marijuana in the Near East, where hemp has been cultivated for centuries for the tough fibre made from its harmless stalk as well as for the narcotic resin and drugs derived from its leaves and flowering shoots and fruit. The insidious elixirs of Cannabis sativa have, since the beginning of the* Christian Era, contributed to keeping the once virile races of India, western Asia, Egypt, and northern Africa in a state of dreamy and innocuous desuetude. Like 'the opium-smoking Chinese they have become politically impotent. Apparently, the Arabs have at last
DRUGGED CIGARETTES
shaken off its lure, while the ascetic Japanese are content to sell narcotic drugs for profit to other peoples and live at home on rice and fish. Hashish is more provocative than opium. It excites the mind and brings on temporary insanity, thus leading to robbery, rape, and murder. The violence of its effects may be judged by the derivation of the English -word assassin. Assassin comes from an Arabic word meaning “one who has drunk of hashish.” The religious and military Order of the Assassins, founded in Persia in 1090, terrorized the Near East for centuries, destroying its enemies by secret murder-

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/BOPT19390601.2.56.6
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Marijuana is Hashish, Bay of Plenty Times, Volume LXVII, Issue 12757, 1 June 1939, 

Blair Anderson http://mildgreens.blogspot.com
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