Few plants in the world are as misunderstood as cannabis. The history of this plant is the history of agriculture, of medicine, of religion. Indeed, it is the history of humankind.
Cannabis arrived in Sydney on the First Fleet in 1788. It was one of Australia's main crops until it was made illegal as a result of the 1925 Geneva Convention, which sought to control dangerous addictive substances such as opium and cocaine. Cannabis was a last-minute inclusion due to a lack of education around its uses and properties, and it is only in recent times that the movement for legalisation has gained momentum.
The past century, however, is but a grain of sand in the hourglass of time. For millennia before that, it was grown and utilised around the entire world.