The museum in Uruguay

Organized by: The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum (Amsterdam/Barcelona), Expo Cannabis-Uruguay and Proderechos

The project illustrates the relationship between society and the cannabis plant throughout history. The opening will take place for guests and press on Wednesday, February 11th, at 8 pm. The exhibition will after remain open to the public until March 20th.

“The History of Cannabis, A Forbidden Plant” presents the several historic, traditional and contemporary uses of the Cannabis plant. This cultural initiative happens at a key moment on the drug policy debate in Latin America and the world, where Uruguay features an innovative legal regulation approach, which has inspired many of its neighbours.

The show is organized around 5 themes: Medical Use, Industrial Production, Cultural Influence, History of Prohibition and a section on Cannabis in Uruguay. Information panels complement 96 historic and modern objects from the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum’s collection: old marihuana medicine bottles from the 19th century, ancient tools to process hemp fibre, books and magazines with the Reefer Madness propaganda from the 1930’s, hemp ropes and cords, artworks, toys, pictures and documents portraying decades of cannabis culture. 

Ben Dronkers, founder of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Sensi Seeds (the oldest and one of the largest cannabis seed banks in Europe) and HempFlax (which cultivates and processes hemp fibre for industrial use) states: “The aim of the museum is to inform people about the significance of hemp, hash and marijuana, not only in the coffee shops of Amsterdam, but as a worldwide, cultural and natural phenomenon. Uruguay is writing cannabis history at present, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to show the rich history, present and future of this exceptional plant.”

This initiative has educational objectives, aiming to inform about the history and the several traditional uses of the cannabis plant, which remain largely unknown by the Uruguayan public. From the event organization perspective, we are convinced that such a project directly contributes to break taboos and to promote an intelligent debate around drugs, therefore helping to implement policies that protect public health, promote citizen security and increase the quality of life for the people. 

The History of Cannabis: A Forbidden Plant

@ Casa Bertolt Brecht, Andes 1274, Montevideo.

Opening: Wednesday, 11th February at 8pm.

Open through March 20th, 2015.

From Monday to Friday from 4pm to 9pm, including during Carnival.

Entrance: free, all ages are allowed.

Supported by: Casa Bertolt Brecht, Matilha Cultural (São Paulo, Brasil), and Barrio de las Artes de Montevideo 

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