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.

Marijuana History Milestones

BC
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
AD
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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