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The United States and Cannabis Legalization

The United States and Cannabis Legalization

Recreational and Medical

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington DC

States with Medical on the ballot for 2018

  • Nebraska
  • Missouri

States with recreational on the ballot for 2018

  • Michigan
  • Utah
  • Oklahoma

NO pro marijuana laws

  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas

CBD/low THC product

  • Alabama CBD
  • Georgia CBD
  • Indiana CBD
  • Iowa CBD
  • Kentucky CBD
  • Mississippi CBD
  • Missouri CBD
  • North Carolina CBD
  • South Carolina CBD
  • Tennessee CBD
  • Texas CBD
  • Utah CBD
  • Virginia CBD
  • Wisconsin CBD
  • Wyoming CBD

Medical ONLY

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

Why is Cannabis illegal?

Cannabis wasn’t always illegal. In fact, in the late 1830’s Sir William Brooke O’Shaughnessy, an Irish doctor studying in India, documented that cannabis extracts could ease stomach pain and vomiting. In the 19th century, Americans and Europeans could buy cannabis extracts in pharmacies and doctors’ offices to help with stomach aches, migraines, inflammation, insomnia, and other ailments.

Despite its medical effects, Americans’ attitudes towards cannabis shifted due to Mexican immigration to the U.S. around the time of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Eric Schlosser, author of “Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market” had the greatest effect on turning people’s views of cannabis. He used the Mexican Revolution to twist the usefulness of marijuana into a dangerous, foreign drug that induced crime and fear.

“The prejudices and fears that greeted these peasant immigrants also extended to their traditional means of intoxication: smoking marijuana,” Schlosser wrote for The Atlantic in 1994. “Police officers in Texas claimed that marijuana incited violent crimes, aroused a ‘lust for blood,’ and gave its users ‘superhuman strength.’ Rumors spread that Mexicans were distributing this ‘killer weed’ to unsuspecting American schoolchildren.”

These accusations were just that, accusations. Research has shown alcohol to be more dangerous than marijuana. Cannabis doesn’t really cause superhuman strength, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s fact sheet on the drug says that “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.”

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was instilled and banned cannabis nation-wide despite objections from the American Medical Association related to medical usage. This act came just a year after the film Reefer Madness warned parents that drug dealers would invite their teenagers to jazz parties and get them hooked on “reefer.”

Written by Bryce and Jaclyn at our Basalt Location!

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