Monday, 13 January 2014

Did YOU ever try Cocaine?!

In the fateful summer of 1916, when battle was raging on the Somme, peculiar questions were being asked in the House. Sir J. Lonsdale MP asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he was now in a position to say what steps were proposed by the Government to deal with the sale of cocaine?

Mr. Samuel MP, replying on behalf of the Government, said, "The sale of cocaine to any member of the Forces is already prohibited by Order 40 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations. Further steps, however, are necessary to put a stop to the illegitimate traffic in this drug which is now prevalent, and I am proposing to obtain at once an extension of the Regulations to enable the Government to control the sale of the drug generally."

And we think of the drugs problem as something that began with people listening to the Rolling Stones ...

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