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*7000-8000 B.C.*
First woven fabric believed to be from hemp.

*1619*

Jamestown Colony, Virginia passes law requiring farmers to grow hemp.

*1700s*

Hemp was the primary crop grown by George Washington at Mount Vernon, and a
secondary crop grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

*1884*

Maine is the first state to outlaw alcohol.

*1906*

Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, forming the Food and Drug Administration.
First time that drugs have any government oversight.

*1913*California, apparently, passes the first state marijuana law, though
missed by many because it referred to “preparations of hemp, or loco
weed.”

*1914 *

Harrison Act passed, outlawing opiates and cocaine (taxing scheme)

*1915*

Utah passes state anti-marijuana law.

*1919*

18th Amendment to the Constitution (alcohol prohibition) is ratified.

*1930*

Harry J. Anslinger given control of the new Federal Bureau of Narcotics (he
remains in the position until 1962)

*1933*

21st Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, repealing alcohol
prohibition.

*1937*

Marijuana Tax Act

*1938*

Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

*1951*

Boggs Amendment to the Harrison Narcotic Act (mandatory sentences)

*1956*

Narcotics Control Act adds more severe penalties

*1970*

Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act.
Replaces and updates all previous laws concerning narcotics and other
dangerous drugs. Empasis on law enforcement. Includes the Controlled
Substances Act, where marijuana is classified a Schedule 1 drug (reserved
for the most dangerous drugs that have no recognized medical use).

*1972 *

Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act.
Establishes federally funded programs for prevention and treatment

*1973 *

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Changes Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs into the DEA

*1974 and 1978*

Drug Abuse Treatment and Control Amendments


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** Why is Marijuana Illegal? **

*Top 7 Reasons*

By Tom Head, About.com Guide

From a prohibition-based perspective, marijuana is illegal in the United
States primarily for these seven reasons.

-1. It is perceived as addictive.-

Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a
Schedule I drug on the basis that is has "a high potential for abuse." What
does this mean?

It means that the perception is that people get on marijuana, they get
hooked and become "potheads," and it begins to dominate their lives. This
unquestionably happens in some cases. But it also happens in the case of
alcohol--and alcohol is perfectly legal.

In order to fight this argument for prohibition, legalization advocates
need to make the argument that marijuana is not as addictive as government
sources claim.

-2. It has "no accepted medical use."-

Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans
with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, but these benefits have not
been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana
remains a serious national controversy.

In order to fight the argument that marijuana has no medical use,
legalization advocates need to highlight the effects it has had on the
lives of people who have used the drug for medical reasons.

-3. It has been historically linked with narcotics, such as heroin.-

Early antidrug laws were written to regulate narcotics--opium and its
derivatives, such as heroin and morphine. Marijuana, though not a narcotic


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