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Kings cross Sydney nsw Australia, mid to late 1960s is where at all began, although already outlawed decades before, us service men on respite from the Vietnam war begun to flood the bohemian hub with the plant.
Within the following decade the drug spread through suburban Sydney and continued to spread like wild fire into surrounding areas.
Police begun to target users which saw a 1000% increase in arrests between 1966 and 1969, with consequences for cultivation and distribution becoming more harsh also.
The plant originating from India and trafficked into Australia from south east asia begun to sweep the nation, now being commonly grown in households and outdoor set ups is the most widely used illicit substance used in Australia today.
In 2010 alone Australians spend 3.8 billion on the drug with 36% of all Australians over 18 years of age having used the drug at least once.
In the more recent years some government party’s have been fighting for the legalisation of the plant for recreational use, so let’s take a look at where it all started.
The 1925 Geneva convention which was a transnational drug control treaty originally designed to ban recreational use of opium and the coca plant got passed with Cannabis getting thrown in the mix at the last minute with Egypt and turkey claiming chronic hashism was causing widespread insanity throughout their nations.
Australia’s first Commonwealth Health Department director general, Dr John Howard Lidgett Cumpston insisted that opium was the only drug of concern but with constant pressure from the uk, Australia followed suit with the laws of the Geneva convention and banned cannabis with the state of Victoria being the first to do so in 1928 followed by New South Wales in 1935.