– Where did it all start? Here is a brief timeline of marijuana production and use in the U.S.
– After the Civil War, marijuana is sold in many over-the-counter medicinal products, and hemp is still a common element in clothes manufacturing.
– The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, requiring any product with cannabis in it be labeled appropriately.
– After the Mexican Revolution, Mexican immigrants migrate to the United States. Recreational use of marijuana spikes, and the drug becomes associated with the immigrant population.
– The Federal Bureau of Narcotics is established, and the federal criminalization of marijuana looms.
– The list of states outlawing marijuana rises to 29 as fear and resentment of Mexican immigrants increases during the Great Depression.
– “Reefer Madness,” the propaganda film intent on scaring middle class white citizens into fearing marijuana use, is released.
– Federal mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana possession and use are established.
– Recreational use of marijuana increases and creeps into upper-class America. But its effects are scientifically studied and shown not to induce violence.
– Many mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana are repealed, and for the first time marijuana is differentiated from other more harmful drugs.
– President Ronald Reagan promises to get tough on marijuana use and introduces new federal minimum mandatory sentences.
– California’s Proposition 215 allows marijuana to be used as a painkiller for various diseases, include AIDS and cancer.
2000 to 2011
– More than a dozen states vote to decriminalize marijuana for medical uses. But because of federal laws, marijuana use and possession still remain chargeable offenses.
– Washington and Colorado become the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana for some adults.
The Doobie Debate: Dangerous Gateway or Harmless Hobby?
To some, it’s a less-dangerous version of alcohol. To others, it’s a hazardous trend that provides a gateway into harder drugs. Let’s take a closer look at this debate and where it leaves the U.S. today.
There is a clear difference between both the number of people who smoke marijuana today compared to the 20th century and the number of people who are willing to admit it.
1964 – 4 in 100 people had smoked marijuana in the past year.
2013 – Gallup polls show that 1 in 4 people have smoked marijuana in the past year. What are the two sides actually saying?