The Legal History Of Of Marijuana Essay

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The legal history of marijuana in the United States is a long, complicated, and ongoing one. The regulation of the cannabis sativa and cannabis indica (Figure 1) plants in the U.S., known as marijuana, began in as early as 1619, but prohibitions of the drug only began in the early 1920s. By the mid-1930s Cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state. From the 1930s to the 1970s, however, public perspective, and thus state laws, began to change; many places in the United States started to abolish state laws and other local regulations that banned possession or sale of marijuana for whatever purpose. Later, in the 1990s, marijuana began to be manufactured for medical purposes, so states and local municipalities began to abolish regulations and laws that banned marijuana for medicinal use. As time went on and the U.S. population became more liberal, states began to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In the early 2010s, states began to decriminalize, and even legalize, the use of marijuana for medicinal as well as recreational purposes.
In 1619, the first U.S. law regarding cannabis was passed by the Virginia Assembly. The law required that every farmer grow hemp. American production of hemp was encouraged by the government in the 1600s for the production of rope, sails, and clothing. Marijuana, however, is a product of hemp. Marijuana is the mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves that comes from the hemp plant. Hemp, at the time, was considered…

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