1800 CE
Napoleon bans hashish in Egypt

When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, alcohol was not available and so his troops resorted to using hashish (cannabis). As a result of the heavy consumption of hashish by his troops, in 1800 Napoleon proclaimed: "It is forbidden in all of Egypt to use certain Moslem beverages made with hashish or likewise to inhale the smoke from seeds of hashish. Habitual drinkers and smokers of this plant lose their reason and are victims of violent delirium which is the lot of those who give themselves full to excesses of all sorts."

The soldiers largely ignored the order, and when they returned to France the following year, they took supplies of hashish with them.

Source: Abel, E. L. (2013). Marihuana: the first twelve thousand years. Springer Science & Business Media.

Drugs: Cannabis (marijuana)
Regions: Egypt
Topics: Drugs and war