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Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2066  Friday, 10 November 2000.

[1]     From:   Ron Dwelle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 10:44:03 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 09 Nov 2000 10:49:11 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?


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From:           Ron Dwelle <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 10:44:03 -0500
Subject: 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?

For what it's worth, the hemp grown in 1600 England was what we now call
agricultural hemp or sometimes "industrial hemp." It's still grown in
most countries but has been made illegal in the US (out of hyped-up
drug-war fervor, mostly because the drug-sniffing dogs can't distinguish
it from real marijuana). There are only trace amounts of the THC that
gives marijuana its kick. Will would have had to smoke a thousand-pounds
of it a day to get any high.

If Shakespeare did drugs, I'd be more likely to bet on the "insane root"
which (according to Banquo) was eaten rather than smoked.

By the way, the Green Party (Ralph Nader) tried to make an issue out of
illegal hemp during the recent campaign. The Greens advocate the use of
hemp as an easily renewable fiber-product for producing paper--better
for the environment than using trees which are now the primary source
for the pulp that gets turned into our books and newspapers.

Ron Dwelle

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 09 Nov 2000 10:49:11 -0500
Subject: 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2056 Re: Did Shakespeare Inhale?

Let's not forget Luhrmann's interpretation of "thy drugs are quick,"
which he moved forward:  Romeo says it when he drops Xtasy before going
to the Capulet ball.
 

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