A Timeline Of Marijuana Legalization

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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

With 23 states now allowing the use of medical marijuana, many citizens are wondering how to obtain the substance safely and legally. Here is a step-by-step look at how to get and use a medical marijuana card

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New Music Festival Just Large Empty Field To Do Drugs In

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The Case For And Against Legalizing Marijuana

Uruguay's legislature is voting today to make their country the first in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana, while here in the U.S., state lawmakers continue to weigh arguments over whether to follow Color...
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A Timeline Of Marijuana Legalization

With Pennsylvania becoming the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, many lawmakers are weighing whether to decriminalize the drug. Here is a timeline of marijuana’s journey from restricted substance to everyday commodity:

  • 1933: The United States collectively decides against learning any lessons from the Prohibition era
  • 1940-1970: The term “reefer” tried on for size
  • 1952: The Boggs Act imposes mandatory minimum sentencing for cannabis possession, an effort aimed at curbing prison violence by flooding penitentiaries with nonviolent offenders
  • 1969: President Richard Nixon urges strong anti-marijuana legislation as part of his signature “War on Blacks” initiative
  • 1975: Some narc explains gateway drugs to Nancy Reagan
  • 1983: Newly founded D.A.R.E. program teaches America’s youth that pot is both forbidden and mysterious
  • 1996: California is the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal pretenses
  • 2012: Colorado legalizes the sale and possession of marijuana for nonmedical uses after decades of totally spacing on doing so
  • 2026: Federal government begins mulling a tweak to its cannabis laws upon noticing majority of U.S. populace serving time on drug charges

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