The use of marijuana has been a volatile topic in this country for a very long time.
Over the last few years, the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes has finally gained support.
Back in the early sixteen hundreds, cannabis was used in several states as legal tender. In Virginia, a law made it mandatory for every farmer to cultivate hemp. By the end of the nineteenth century, cannabis was a staple of medicinal products sold in pharmacies. Anyone could buy them. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed and marijuana was one of the drugs that became regulated. In 1931, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics deemed marijuana illegal. A year later, the Uniform State Act left it up to state governments to control marijuana usage. Right around the time of World War II, there was a decline in marijuana import that led to the US Department of Agriculture creating a program to stimulate the growth of hemp. Those farmers were offered a deferment, allowing them to grow the plant rather than heading to the front lines. By 1943, almost 375,000 acres in this country were producing hemp. In the 1960’s marijuana was a popular recreational drug and became part of a culture that was protesting against the Vietnam War. Despite a great deal of negative propaganda over the years, marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances in the United States. In a survey, almost 94 million people indicated that they had used cannabis at least once. The high from THC helps people to alleviate pain, stress, anger, fear and social anxiety. Cannabis has become a more than ten billion dollar yearly business with over twenty million active users in this country.