Up until the early 20th century, cannabis was widely used for the manufacture of rope and clothing, and also as a medicine. Early colonists before the Declaration of Independence were ordered by the King of England to grow at least 100 cannabis plants at any one time. It was not until 1906, with the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act, that most states branded cannabis a “poison” and required using this term on the label of any cannabis product intended for human consumption. The reason for this was that cannabis was still available in the US as a prescription drug.
THE WAR ON CANNABIS
It was not until the 1930s with the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics that the real war on cannabis began. Cannabis in any form was branded a poison and a “killer drug”, making people “insane”, “dangerous” and overly promiscuous. This was followed by the Nixon and Regan administrations (both avid enemies of cannabis) and their passing of a number of anti-cannabis laws. Continue reading