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. There are far more interesting facts about the history of cannabis, which are worth watching about.

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.

Marijuana History Milestones

7000 to 8000 Dried hemp woven into fabric
6000Hemp seeds used as food by the Chinese
2727Cannabis used as a medication in China
1200Marijuana used as medication in India
800Cannabis becomes the ‘sacred grass’ of the hindus
700 to 300Marijuana becomes high status plant in Scythia An ancient region of Eurasia extending from the mouth of the Danube River on the Black Sea)
500Marijuana plant was introduced into Europe
500-600Cannabis is mentioned in the Jewish sacred text, the Talmud
900 to 1000Cannabis becomes popular as a ‘recreational drug’ in the Arab world, where alcohol was prohibited
1492Columbus did not just ‘sail the ocean blue’ he also introduced the cannabis Sativa plant to America
1619In Jamestown, Virginia, marijuana becomes a compulsory crop and is used as a trading crop between US and Central and South Asia
1797George Washington grows marijuana
1798Napoleon bans the use of marijuana after noting the amount of marijuana smoked by the Egyptians
1840Cannabis based medicines available in America and hashish medications sold in Persia (Iran)
1876Marijuana gifted to the Americans by the Sultan of Turkey resulting in an sudden increase in Turkish smoking parlors across North East US
1906The FDA was formed, giving the government an insight into drug use within the country
1908Henry Ford uses hemp plastic to make the first Model T. He fuels it with ethanol made from hemp.
1913Anti-marijuana law passed in California, banning the use of “preparations of hemp, or loco weed
1915Anti-marijuana law passed in Utah
1919Anti-marijuana law passed in Texas
1924Anti-marijuana law passed in Louisiana
1927Anti-marijuana law passed in New York
1928Recreational use of marijuana outlawed in the UK
1930Harry J Anslinger becomes first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, declaring war on drugs
1930First use of the word ‘Muggles’ – not non-wizards as per J K Rowling but bales of marijuana
1936Reefer Madness propaganda film released stating that marijuana causes madness.


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