By David McDonald, Natural Blaze
The history of marijuana (or cannabis/THC) stems back over 10,000 years and is widely recognized as one of the most useful plants on the planet. Yet it was made illegal in the United States in the early 20th century due to political and economic factors.
History of The Drug
Let’s get one thing clear: marijuana was not made illegal because it caused “insanity, criminality, and death” as was claimed by Harry J. Anslinger. It was made illegal in an attempt to control Mexican immigration into the United States and to help boost the profits of large pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition
By David Gutierrez, Natural News, April 12, 2015
(NaturalNews) Following a tragic incident in which a young man killed himself after consuming five times the safe level of edible marijuana, media outlets raised the question of whether recent legalization measures should be rolled back. Unfortunately, such a slant reflects neither the facts of the case nor the real chemical threats to consumer health.
Twenty-three-year-old Luke Goodman was on a two-week family ski vacation in Colorado when he and his cousin, Caleb Fowler, purchased edible marijuana candies. According to Fowler, Goodman began eating peach tart candies, each containing 10 mg of THC, the active “high”-producing ingredient in marijuana. Continue reading Media Calls for Marijuana Prohibition in “Reefer Madness” Hysteria After Pot-Related Suicide
From Higher Perspective, March 19, 2015
On March 25th, Judge Mueller of the Sacramento Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California will announce her verdict for United States v. Schweder. The case will likely determine whether or not the Schedule I status for cannabis is constitutional or not. Being a Schedule I drug puts it in the same category as heroin.
Once this verdict is issued, it will almost certainly be appealed by whichever side loses. If so, it’ll go to the 9th circuit court. If it’s upheld, it will apply to states within the 9th circuit. If it’s appealed again, it’ll head to the US Supreme Court, which applies to the entire nation. Continue reading Marijuana Prohibition May Be Ruled Unconstitutional In California This Month
The Alternative Daily, February 8, 2015
As most of us well know, over half of the states in the US have passed medical marijuana legislation over the past few years – and Colorado and Washington have taken it a step further and allowed recreational use.
Amongst all of these new state laws, there has been a fear that federal law, which still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, would trump these laws if it came down to a conflict. In past years, some dispensaries considered legal under state laws have been raided by federal agents, citing an overarching federal ban. Continue reading The Alternative Daily: Has the Federal Government Finally Ended Marijuana Prohibition?