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1840: Abraham Lincoln speaks about prohibition

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln who became the 16th President of  the United States in March 1861 grew up in a poor family and was mostly self-educated.

He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts to be elected to the United States Senate.

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1843: Colonial cultures clash over cannabis

When the Empires of Holland and Britain found their way to Africa, dagga (as the indigenous population knew cannabis) smoking had become a deeply entrenched part of the culture, since spreading southwards from the Arabic corner of the continent. Like much of the western world had become besotted with alcohol, much of Africa had a strong connection with dagga; an intoxicant that is also a relaxant, a social lubricant and an essential ingredient of their spiritual practises. Although the western population of Africa had generally always seen the use of the drug as morally reprehensible, it was not until 1843 that the white ruling class began to actively oppose it's use, when a second culture immersed in cannabis use was brought to the Cape Colony by the rulers themselves.

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