• Cannabis

    The use of cannabis by humans dates back thousands of years.  According to the BBC, cannabis seeds were used as food in ancient China as early as 6000 B.C. Cannabis has been utilized roughly six thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ and has continued throughout modern human history.  The prohibition of cannabis is a relatively recent development, starting federally in the United States with the 1937 Marijuana Transfer Tax Act, escalated by Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs and, unfortunately, continues to this day.

    The medical use of cannabis has been gaining acceptance throughout the United States and throughout the world, despite the best attempts of governments and special interests that seek to perpetuate cannabis prohibition.  Voters and legislators have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 16 states and Washington, D.C., while medical cannabis is legal in several countries, including Canada and Israel.  Unknown to many U.S. citizens, the United States federal government actually grows cannabis and delivers several pounds a year to a few patients enrolled in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program.

    Cannabis remains the world’s most widely used illegal substance.  Penalties range in countries and states from legal, such as Portugal; to decriminalized (no criminal penalties), such as California and Oregon in the United States; to extremely harsh penalties, such as those dished out in Saudi Arabia and Singapore.  Despite declaring a War on Drugs, a commission established by President Richard Nixon advised that the United States should end criminal penalties for cannabis use.  While the penalties for using cannabis for personal use varies across the globe, a few constants remain: cannabis is non-toxic, has not directly caused one death and is the least addictive drug used by humans.

     

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