Around 2000 B.C.
Recorded in the Book of Exodus
Jesus anointed his disciples with chrism, a holy oil made from cannabis as mentioned in Exodus. (1450 B.C.E)
Chinese Surgeon Hua T’o
Division of the Arabic Ideals concerning Cannabis
Hemp used in the Middle Ages
1600- 1762 A.D.
Jamestown Settlers, Virginia, USA
1745 – 1775 A.D.
Mt. Vernon USA
Marijuana is added to the US Pharmacopeia
The 1854 United States Dispensary said this about cannabis;
November 30, 1903
The first legal medical dispensary appears in Edinburgh, UK
US Prohibition with California being the first state to pass marijuana prohibition laws.
The US Federal Government appoints Harry J. Anslinger as Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Anslinger noted in reports the significant increase in marijuana smoking and prepared a legislative plan to seek from Congress a law making distribution directly under federal control.
Anslinger ran a media campaign against marijuana on radio and at major events
Marihuana Tax Act
Prohibition Begins in China
U.S. Congress passes the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized the drug against the advice of The American Medical Association. On October 2nd, Samuel R. Caldwell became the first marijuana seller to be arrested and convicted under US Federal Law in Denver Colorado.
Cannabis preparations were removed from the United States pharmacopoeia in 1941
“The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 placed illicit drugs in one of five schedules, and the final decision about which schedule a drug was put in was made not by medical experts but by the Justice Department-the attorney general (John Mitchell) and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, later named the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
NORML is Founded
The Controlled Substance Act
Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont all pass similar measures there after.
The United States the Supreme Court rules that there is no medical exception the Controlled Substances Act and attack medical marijuana dispensary The Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reverses his stance on medical marijuana stating that there is no sound scientific evidence to support the classification of marijuana as a schedule 1 drug stating that, “We have been terribly and systematically mislead for nearly 70 years in the United States and I apologise for my own role in that.”