This week in weed history, we’ll examine how weed shaped the cultural landscape of the 1970s including its designation as a Schedule One narcotic and Amsterdam’s legendary decriminalization.
- Marijuana is officially designated a drug with “No Accepted Medical Use” in the US. When Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, a classification system was established that ranked substances by their potential for abuse. Marijuana was designated a schedule one narcotic alongside heroin and cocaine, and an entire generation of pot heads said, “whoa man, that is not groovy” (probably).
- NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) was officially founded, giving voice to the millions of cannabis users who relied on marijuana for medical reasons or recreational users who were otherwise law-abiding citizens. NORML remains a non-profit advocacy group that played pivotal roles in the medicinal and recreational cannabis laws passed in the last 40+ years.
- While the Nixon-era War on Drugs waged against lower income and marginalized US residents, marijuana was decriminalized in the Netherlands to great effect. Violent crime, drug deaths, and drug arrests would continue to dwindle after decriminalization, eventually resulting in the Netherlands having one of the lowest crime and highest contentment rates in the world.
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