The History

The history of cannabis in the United States, and the shifting pendulum of societal acceptance, tells a compelling story.

This Is How It All Began

1840
Cannabis based patent medicines readily available in 19th century America
1906
U.S. Food and Drug Administration is formed, labeling for remedies containing cannabis required
1913
First anti-marijuana law passed in California, bans use of “preparations of hemp, or loco weed”
1915-1927
Anti-marijuana laws passed in Utah, Texas, Louisiana, and New York
1930
Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) created, federal government declares War on Drugs
1932
Federal government encourages states to adopt Uniform State Narcotic Act to stem marijuana use
1933
By end of 1933, 29 states have criminalized cannabis
1936
Reefer Madness propaganda film debuts, citing marijuana causes madness
1937
First national regulation of marijuana introduced into the U.S. with Marihuana Tax Act.
1941
America enters WWII after Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor
1944
New York Academy of Medicine refutes portrayed dangers of marijuana
1945 - 1947
WWII ends, over 10 million U.S. servicemen and servicewomen are demobilized and return home
1950
Federal Bureau of Narcotics claims marijuana is a gateway drug to heroin
1951
Passage of the Boggs Act results in ruthless sentences for drug offenses, citing drugs as a tool of Communist China.
1956
Narcotic Control Act classifies marijuana to be as dangerous as heroin, penalties increase even further
1961
United Nations and 100+ countries to consolidate their drug laws with those of America, rendering marijuana globally illegal.
1972
It is estimated that 24 million Americans have used marijuana
1972
President Nixon rejects recommendation of Shafer Commission to decriminalize personal marijuana use
1973
Oregon takes bold step to decriminalizes personal use of marijuana
1973
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is created, consolidates federal U.S. resources against illegal drugs into one agency
1973 - 1978
Eight additional states decriminalize personal cannabis use
1979
Virginia passes legislation allowing doctors to recommend cannabis for glaucoma & chemotherapy side effects
1980
Ronald Reagan is elected President during height of The Cold War
1980
Frequency of marijuana related arrests is reported as one every 38 seconds in America.
1996
California passes Proposition 215, becoming first state to legalize medical marijuana
1998 - 2008
12 U.S. states pass legal marijuana legislation
2010
Arizona, New Jersey and Washington, DC pass medical marijuana legalization
2011
Delaware passes legal medical marijuana legislation
2012
Connecticut and Massachusetts legalize medical marijuana
2012
Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana for recreational adult use
2013
Illinois and New Hampshire pass medical marijuana legislation
2014
Maryland, Minnesota and New York pass medical marijuana legislation
2014
Alaska and Oregon legalize adult use marijuana
2015
Washington D.C. legalizes recreational marijuana
2016
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch repudiates cannabis “gateway theory”
2016
Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania pass medical marijuana legalization
2016
California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts legalize recreational marijuana passes
2016
Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas legalize medical marijuana
2017
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