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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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SOMA Research Association was a British pro-cannabis organization founded by Stephen Abrams. On July 24th 1967 they published an advertisement in The Times.

Times advertisement

The advertisement was headed 'The law against marijuana is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice'.

Below that, a quote from the philosopher Spinoza:

'All laws which can be violated without doing anyone any injury are laughed at... He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it.' (Political Treatise)

The rest of the advert was an explanation of how damaging the law was, compared with the harmlessness of cannabis. There were quotes from modern medical opinions such as 'does not lead to degeneration, does not affect the brain cells, is not habit forming, and does not lead to heroin addiction'.

It was signed by 72 prominent people including some of Britain's best-known artists and writers, two Nobel Prize winners, two MP's, journalists, doctors and the Beatles [who paid for it].

List of people who signed the advertisement

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