Welcome back to our ongoing series detailing some of the most significant events in the history of cannabis. As recreational legalization continues to evolve and transform, we’re called to reflect the many landmark events that led us to the precise moment in time, when legislation confusedly attempts to find a resolution for the innumerable folks serving time for non-violent marijuana offenses while serving cannabis legally at dispensaries throughout the legalized states.
It was in late summer of 2003 that Canadian HIV patient, 62-year-old Jari Dvorak, became the first Canadian patient to receive government-grown marijuana. Two short years later, in America, federal agents were raiding medical dispensaries in California, destroying massive inventories and putting the lives of thousands of patients in peril.
It seemed the rest of the western world had accepted the medical use of cannabis, and in September of 2003, the Netherlands officially began stocking cannabis flower in their pharmacies. The Dutch have seen a transformative cultural evolution that can be correlated directly with the legalization of cannabis.
While the late 00’s saw a boom in the cannabis edibles industry, it would also see many issues related to their packaging that mimicked popular candy bars and supermarket treats. In March of 2006, a huge San Francisco raid turned up hundreds of lookalike edibles. The DEA would use this as a primary concern against recreational legalization.
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