There have been mentions of cannabis use in all of recorded history; this plant has been relevant to humankind for centuries. For this lesson, we’ll check out a few of marijuana’s quieter modern moments that nonetheless made history.
In 1850, Marijuana was added to the US Pharmacopeia, the definitive list of western medicines used by doctors throughout the nation. Weed was prescribed for all the same things its prescribed for today plus a laundry list of antiquated maladies like typhus and cholera. Consider that many states are fighting an ill-informed prohibition to get to a medical conclusion that was reached 167 years ago. Perhaps those states are still dealing with typhoid outbreaks as well.
In 1911, a puritanical Massachusetts was the first state to outlaw the use of marijuana. Indian hemp, as it was then known, was an afterthought in the pursuit of prohibition laws that would outlaw alcohol, gambling, boxing and even oral sex. 1911 sounds pretty lame, guys.
In 1942, cannabis was officially removed from the US Pharmacopeia, thus ending the decades-long fight for the wrongly assumed rights of uptight lawmakers. It wouldn’t be too long however until the tides would once again change, and the issue of medicinal marijuana would become anything but an afterthought.
Click below for more pot history facts and figures in our Great Moments In Pot History series:
Great Moments in Pot History Part I
Great Moments in Pot History Part II
Great Moments in Pot History Part III
Great Moments In Pot History Part IV
Great Moments In Pot History Part V
Great Moments in Pot History Part VI