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Why was marijuana made illegal in the US?
The first marijuana law found so far was a 1905 El Paso, Texas law. It, and most of the other laws in the southwest that followed, was motivated by racial prejudice agai…nst Mexican immigrants. These laws had nothing to do with the actual effects of the marijuana. In fact, cannabis in the form of hemp was a common crop in many of these states, and tinctures of cannabis were included in hundreds of common medicines. The purpose of the laws was to discriminate against Mexicans and other racial minorities. This same purpose is also found in the history of the laws against opiates and cocaine. The first state law was a 1913 California law that received little notice. It was promoted by the pharmaceutical industry that saw marijuana as a competitor. That was followed by a 1914 Utah level that was simply a Mormon religious prohibition enacted into law. By 1930, about thirty states had passed laws against marijuana for one reason or another. In the southwest and south, it was primarily racial prejudice against Mexicans and other racial minorities. In the northern states it was primarily the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana -- exactly the opposite of the modern marijuana gateway myth. As far as the people involved, two people get primary credit. One is Harry Anslinger, who actively promoted Reefer Madness because he knew the marijuana laws were unenforceable. Therefore, he reasoned that the only possible method was to scare people so bad that they would never touch it. His plan worked for a while. The other is Dr. James C. Munch of Temple University. There were only two doctors who testified for the congressional hearings. One was the representative of the American Medical Association. He said that there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug. The committee basically told him to shut up and leave. The other was Dr. James C. Munch. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected some extract of cannabis directly into the brains of 300 dogs, and two of them had died. When they asked him what he concluded from that, he said he didn't know. However, he was the only doctor in the US who agreed that marijuana should be illegal, so his testimony was accepted, and he later became the US Official Expert on Marihuana. While serving in that capacity, he also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana would make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood and, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat. Anslinger served as director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-1962. Dr. Munch served as US Official Expert on Marihuana from 1938-1962. References: Short History of the Marijuana Laws - http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge -- the Legal History of American Marihuana Prohibition - http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/vlr/vlrtoc.htm Complete transcripts of the congressional hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, and related papers -- http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm The Drug Hang-Up - http://druglibrary.org/special/king/dhu/dhumenu.htm
because it was deemed by the federal government to have no medicinal value ,i guess, check out the history of marijuana on history channel
America's first marijuana laws were enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. A law "ordering" all farmers to grow Indian hemp was enacted. There were several other "must… grow" laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and most of that time, hemp was legal tender taxes were paid with hemp. Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes, including essential war requirements such as rope, clothing and canvas that the government went out of its way to encourage growth. The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp "plantations" with a minimum 2,000-acre farm growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton. Now cotton comes into the picture. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the U.S.border, with General Pershing's army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Mexico produced much of the hemp coming into the US at that time and the U.S. cotton producers used the hatred of Mexico to further their own agenda. Utah in 1910 outlawed the growing of hemp for any reason followed by Wyoming in 1915, Texas in 1919 and the rest of the US by 1927.
Recreational use of Marijuana in the United States was made illegal in 1937 by the Marijuana Tax Act of that same year.
Marijuana is used illegally by millions of Americans everyday. It is used for recreation ad to get high
it first was put under the books as a tax. meaning if you had marijuana and it wasnt taxed it was illegal.but the federal gov. never gave any taxes. im not sure whe…n, but it was placed into the fda's scheduling system as a schedule 1 narcotic. in the same schedule as mushrooms, acid, and other various drugs.
yes, marijuana iz illegal in all da states except for california Technically it is because they have the tax papers for it but there locked away and the government never gave …them to to public.
It is illegal on the federal level. Federal trumps state. California may say it's OK, but a federal agent can still arrest you and charge you because of the federal law. C…urrently, it is scheduled as a Class I Schedule Drug under federal law.
Anything unless it is in a perscribed medicine by a doctor, although even then I would be suspicious...
medical weed which is legal only if given by a doctor is different from regular weed. medical weed has less THC so when the doctors give it to you your not high as hell.… people use marijuana illegally by 1.not getting it from a doctor 2.people sell it on the streets 3.people smoke regular marijuana which gets you higher than necessary
Henry anslinger, racism, corruption, monopolies, pharmaceutical lobbiests, basicaly crackers
Alot to many to list a few thousand or so. The first Constitution was written on hemp paper.
It became illegal in 1937.
Depending in where you live; first offense, less than 50 grams results in conditional discharge. That means fines and possibility of probation. Worst case scenario is up to 6 …months in jail.