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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

Prohibition in Oz

Pot Paranoia taken up by Aussie Press


 The Australian Press discovers "the Weed from Hell..."

On the 23rd of April, 1938, only some four months after the American introduction of the Marijuana Tax Bill, the Australian popular newspaper "Smith's Weekly" printed a front page article headed :

"New Drug That Maddens Victims".

Sub-headed "Warning from America", the article states that Marihuana, which it reports to be growing wild in Queensland, has violent sex-stimulating effects.

It goes on to explain exactly how to process it for smoking, and lists about a dozen places where readers could find it. The bulk of the copy focuses on murder, rape and pillage, leading to the conclusion that Marihuana is the same as, if not worse than cocaine and morphine:

"There is only one way of dealing with the marihuana curse, and that is by the application of the most drastic penalties for the possession of the dried leaves, lest this country, having checked the cocaine and morphine habits, finds that it has acquired another, equally as bad, and infinitely more difficult to suppress."