It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s.(2)
The Harrison Act defined the use of several drugs, including cannabis, as a crime.
The American propaganda film “Reefer Madness” is released.
The U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which criminalized the drug.
William C. Woodward testified before Congress and said: “The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug.” His testimony was ignored. It is interesting to note that William Randolph Hearst, who had significant financial interests in the timber industry (which manufactured his newsprint paper), wrote many newspaper articles against hemp. These articles were used as part of the testimony Congress used to support the ban.
Hemp was dubbed the ‘Billion Dollar Crop’ by Popular Mechanics. It was the first time a cash crop was estimated to exceed a billion dollars value mark.
Henry Ford builds an experimental car body made from hemp fiber that ran on hemp ethanol fuel. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel.
The U. S. Pharmacopoeia removed Cannabis and its medical uses were no longer recognized in America.
1942-1943, World War 2
The USDA develops a “Hemp for Victory” film to support the war effort. It encouraged everyone to grow hemp. Hemp was used for parachutes, rope, webbing, shoes, clothes and much more.
Hemp is banned in the U.S.
The last hemp crop was harvested and processed.
The Controlled Substances Act is passed, prohibiting cannabis federally along with several other drugs and replacing the 1937 act.
The Shafer Commission urged that the use of cannabis be re-legalized, their recommendation is ignored.
President Carter and his assistant for drug policy, Dr. Peter Bourne, pushed for decriminalization of marijuana. President Carter asked Congress to abolish federal criminal penalties for those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana.
President Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, reinstating mandatory minimums and raising federal penalties for possession and distribution. The “War on Drugs” begins.
California legalized medical cannabis via Proposition 215.
Oregon, Alaska, and Washington legalized medical cannabis.
Maine legalized medical cannabis.
Hawaii, Nevada, and Colorado legalized medical cannabis. Hawaii became the first state to do so by state legislature.
Montana and Vermont legalized medical cannabis.
New Mexico legalized medical cannabis.
Michigan legalized medical cannabis. Massachusetts decriminalized cannabis.
New Jersey and Arizona legalized medical cannabis.
California decriminalizes possession to a civil infraction.
Massachusetts legalized medical cannabis.
Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older.
Uruguay becomes the first country in the world to legalize all aspects of cannabis.
The Rohrabacher–Farr amendment passed the U.S. House and was signed into law. Requiring annual renewal, it prohibits the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. President Obama legalizes limited hemp farming in the United States with The Farm Bill. The states of Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis for recreational use. Maryland decriminalized cannabis. Minnesota and New York legalized medical cannabis.
Utah legalizes hemp oil, becoming the first state to legalize a cannabinoid-based medicine without legalizing medical cannabis entirely. Oklahoma legalizes trials of hemp oil. Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational cannabis. Alaska’s law took effect on February 25, 2015. Oregon’s initiative began on July 1, 2015.
In a 4 to 1 vote, the Mexican Supreme Court decided that consumption and cultivation of cannabis is a fundamental human right for the free development of one’s personality
Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas legalized hemp oil. Louisiana legalized medical cannabis; Delaware decriminalized cannabis.
Ohio and Pennsylvania legalized medical cannabis via state legislature; Illinois decriminalized cannabis. California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts legalized recreational cannabis via ballot initiative. Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas legalized medical cannabis via ballot initiative.
Vermont becomes first state to pass recreational cannabis bill entirely through elected legislature on May 10, 2017
Legal to sell hemp-based cannabinoid products (with negligible THC content) in all 50 states.
You can do a lot with hemp.
The North American Industrial Hemp Council has estimated that hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 products. Wow.
Sullum, Jacob (January 4, 2016). “The Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana Was Not Lifted“. Reason. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
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