Cannabis referendum: old newspapers reveal drug’s cultural shift from ‘medicine’ to ‘menace’


Ads and articles from old New Zealand newspapers reveal the cultural shift that took place around cannabis as the plant’s reputation went from “medicine” to “menace”. During the 19th century in New Zealand, cannabis was used primarily for medicinal purposes, considered a plant that could treat a variety of ailments. But a whirlwind of racial, political and economic forces ultimately led to its prohibition, and reputation as “the most dangerous drug in the world”. .en.

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