Legal Marijuana Didn’t Just Happen Last Year…

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Although there is much to be excited about with the recent legal marijuana legislation in Colorado and Washington, it is not like this is the first time that marijuana has ever been legal.  There is actually a long history of legal marijuana in the U.S. and, in fact, for a long time the illegality of it was not even a concept in the minds of the people.  The truth is, marijuana was not deemed dangerous and illegal the moment it was discovered.  It actually took a long time to put together all of the contrived evidence that would eventually lead to the illegalization of the most used “illicit drug” in America.  And it has taken even longer to begin to reverse the damage that has been done to the reputation of this much loved “drug.”

Where the history of marijuana began…

The use of the marijuana plant in some form, although not yet in the form of a “drug,” dates back as early as 7000 B.C., when it is thought to have first been used for the production of fabric.  Our ancient ancestors realized the usefulness of the marijuana plant and didn’t hesitate to utilize it, and they continued to utilize it for a very long time without anyone interfering.  It wasn’t even like the Founders or the first elected presidents of the United States decided it should be illegal upon the creation of this great nation.  In fact, it is no real secret that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers in their day, and at one point, it was even the law in Virginia that all farmers were required to grow it.  That being said, we have to wonder what happened to legal marijuana, and when?

Marijuana as an “illicit drug” in America…

The consensus is that marijuana was brought to America by the Spanish as early as the mid-1500s, but it wasn’t long after that the English introduced it to America as well.  That was in the early 1600s, and it was introduced by the English as an important crop, as important as tobacco at the time. By the 1800s it was being used in America for pharmaceutical purposes, but it was by the 1930s that is began to be viewed differently, at which time the anti-marijuana campaign first began to really rear its ugly head.  Now, since that time, we have been fighting to reverse the consequences and have finally seen a light at the end of the tunnel.  And we have Colorado and Washington to thank for taking the first step towards legal marijuana again.

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