California was the first state to ban and to legalize cannabis

The golden state hasn’t always been green, but it stays hip. Before cannabis prohibition became the cool thing in 1937, The first ever statewide ban on marijuana began in California in 1913. Ironically enough, in 1996, California also became the first state to legalize medical marijuana.

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Tommy Chong was once a most wanted man  

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In 2003, under operation pipe dream, the US government set aside 12 million dollars in order to go after what they saw as major contributor to the problem of cannabis – bongs and comedy.  In one of the most bogus cases in American history, Tommy ended up serving 9 months in a federal prison, was fined $20,000, and forfeited $103,000. Money well spent, America.

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use since 1975 in the state of Alaska  

That’s right, the state that pays you to live there has also had legal marijuana for over 40 years. Irwin Ravine, brought his case to the alaskan courts and won after purposely getting himself arrested for possession, Mr. Ravine subsequently freed marijuana for the whole of Alaska

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The first thing ever bought and sold over the internet was marijuana

A couple of stanford and M.I.T students are the pioneers of the modern e-commerce movement. In 1971, using the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Stanford University, some students sold  “an undetermined amount” of marijuana to students at M.I.T. Thus, entering the halls of history with style… and weed.

Every 42 seconds, someone in the U.S. is arrested due to Marijuana

That’s every 42 SECONDS, or over 2,000 people a day, that will have their livelihoods, freedom, and reputation tarnished as a result of bad policies. Let that sink in for a moment.

America smokes more than Amsterdam and the Netherlands       

Legal or not, 42% of Americans have reported using marijuana, whereas only 25% dutch citizens have admitted the same…  It seems America may be going green after all.

Marijuana and beer are more alike than you think     

One of the essential psychoactive terpenes in marijuana, myrcene, can be found in almost every plant including marijuanas genealogical cousin, beer hops. When taken in pairs, the hops in beer will increase the psychoactivity of marijuana, and vice versa. Also when you’ve got the munchies, eat a mango! Myrcene is naturally present in Mangoes and should give the effects a fruity boost.

Dimethylheptylpyran  

In 1949 The united states govt. created a synthetic version of Marijuana called dimethlyheptylpyran. The effects can last 3 days if a dose larger than 0.0002 g is consumed. The drug was invented by the military as a non-lethal incapacitating agent but was abandoned when, more lethal, less victim friendly, methods were discovered.

Dr. James C. Munch  

In 1938, Dr. Munch, the U.S. Narcotics Bureau’s official “Marijuana Expert” testified in court, while under oath, that smoking marijuana had caused him to become a “shape-shifter”. Claiming “After two puffs from a marijuana cigarette, I was turned into a bat,”  Mr. Munch remained the official expert for the bureau until 1962.

Marijuana has been illegal for 80 years

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As far back as recorded history goes marijuana has been present in some form or another, but only in the last 80 years has it been made illegal. Put into perspective, it seems less a persecution of a plant but more a persecution of self, free will, and social progress. Over half of Americans are in support of marijuana legalization and the endless troves of gutter science and misinformation have been cleared up with legitimate science and logic, it seems the mark of the end of prohibition. We can only hope it remains in the people’s hands, and doesn’t go up in smoke.