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Cannabis in The USA: a Brief History of American Marijuana

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Cannabis in the USA – Some Notable Facts

Many people wrongly believe that Cannabis (or marijuana) was never used in the United States of America by acceptable society. The truth is that Americans of all walks of life enjoyed the benefits of Cannabis.

In 1619 the first law regulating Cannabis in the American colonies was passed. The Law Required All farmers to grow Cannabis.

From 1842 to 1900 Cannabis made up half of ALL medicine sold in the USA.

In the 1890s, many popular American marriage guides recommend cannabis as an aphrodisiac.

1850 to 1942 – marijuana was listed by the United States as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store

a number of women’s temperance organizations suggested “hashish” as a substitute for “demon” alcohol during alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s

Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. – DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young – 1988

We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.

– US President John Adams

I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana.”

– US President Jimmy Carter

When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.

– US President Barack Obama


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