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Cannabis has been regarded as the most useful plant, then the most deadly, then the most potentially health-beneficial. Throughout history, we’ve seen the USA change it’s views on the plant time and time again. Here’s a brief history of cannabis in the USA.

 A Brief History of Cannabis in the USA

A Brief History of Cannabis in the USA

By The Stoner's Cookbook

From being a plant used for almost everything, to being an illegal drug, to being thought of as medicine, marijuana law has changed time & time again. See just how much things have changed.

  • 1611: Arrival

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    King James I makes production of hemp mandatory in the American colony of Virginia. Hemp was used mostly for the rigging of English war ships.

  • 1800s: Cannabis Tinctures in Pharmacies

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    Cannabis tinctures is common in American pharmacies. The introduction Aspirin takes over the market for cannabis tinctures.

  • 1930s: Outlawing

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    Marijuana becomes more and more linked to crime and Mexican immigrants; fueled by anti-Mexican sentiment, states begin to outlaw marijuana.

  • 1936: Reefer Madness

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    The movie Reefer Madness is released, a propagandistic film that told parents & children how marijuana ruined lives.

  • 1937: Prohibition

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    The federal government outlaws marijuana completely.

  • 1944: LaGuardia Report

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    New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia wrote a report titled "The Marihuana problem in the City of New York", concluding that dangers of marijuana were largely exaggerated or untrue.

  • 1951: Boggs Act

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    The Boggs Act establishes minimum prison sentences of 2-5 years for possession of marijuana. These penalties will only increase later on.

  • 1970: Schedule I Classification

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    Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, a category reserved for drugs like heroin & cocaine, associated with severe psychological dependence with no medical use.

  • 1991: First Dispensary

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    California's first medical marijuana dispensary, the Cannabis Buyers Club, opens in San Fransisco to help those suffering from AIDS.

  • 1996: Proposition 215

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    Proposition 215 Makes California the first state to legalize medical marijuana, eventually leading to many other states following suit.

  • 2007: Oaksterdam University

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    Oaksterdam University opens to teach students proper growing techniques, how to set up dispensaries & how to navigate California law.

  • 2014: 23 States Legalized

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    As of 2014, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana. New York is the most recent, legalizing marijuana for medical use on July 5th, 2014.

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