Marijuana has been used for thousands of years, both for smoking and for making rope and fuel. Then, between 1937 and 1947, $220 billion was spent by the American government to mount a propaganda war, painting the plant as a source of evil. This despite the fact that, back in 1797, hemp aka marijuana, was the major cash crop of President George Washington at his Mount Vernon estate. Thomas Jefferson also grew hemp.
The cost of outlawing marijuana rose even higher: between 1948 and 1963 the cost came in at $1.5 billion; from 1964 to 1969 – so just four years – the cost had risen to $9 billion. The cost continues to rise.
|7000 to 8000||Dried hemp woven into fabric|
|6000||Hemp seeds used as food by the Chinese|
|2727||Cannabis used as a medication in China|
|1200||Marijuana used as medication in India|
|800||Cannabis becomes the ‘sacred grass’ of the hindus|
|700 to 300||Marijuana becomes high status plant in Scythia An ancient region of Eurasia extending from the mouth of the Danube River on the Black Sea)|
|500||Marijuana plant was introduced into Europe|
|500-600||Cannabis is mentioned in the Jewish sacred text, the Talmud|
|900 to 1000||Cannabis becomes popular as a ‘recreational drug’ in the Arab world, where alcohol was prohibited|
|1492||Columbus did not just ‘sail the ocean blue’ he also introduced the cannabis Sativa plant to America|
|1619||In Jamestown, Virginia, marijuana becomes a compulsory crop and is used as a trading crop between US and Central and South Asia|
|1797||George Washington grows marijuana|
|1798||Napoleon bans the use of marijuana after noting the amount of marijuana smoked by the Egyptians|
|1840||Cannabis based medicines available in America and hashish medications sold in Persia (Iran)|
|1876||Marijuana gifted to the Americans by the Sultan of Turkey resulting in an sudden increase in Turkish smoking parlors across North East US|
|1906||The FDA was formed, giving the government an insight into drug use within the country|
|1908||Henry Ford uses hemp plastic to make the first Model T. He fuels it with ethanol made from hemp.|
|1913||Anti-marijuana law passed in California, banning the use of “preparations of hemp, or loco weed|
|1915||Anti-marijuana law passed in Utah|
|1919||Anti-marijuana law passed in Texas|
|1924||Anti-marijuana law passed in Louisiana|
|1927||Anti-marijuana law passed in New York|
|1928||Recreational use of marijuana outlawed in the UK|
|1930||Harry J Anslinger becomes first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, declaring war on drugs|
|1930||First use of the word ‘Muggles’ – not non-wizards as per J K Rowling but bales of marijuana|
|1936||Reefer Madness propaganda film released stating that marijuana causes madness.|
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