US History Of Marijuana (Reefer)

Up In Smoke

Many people would find it tough to think marijuana, a recreational (and extremely prohibited) drug that made Cheech and Chong popular decades ago would be promoted as a  remedy for many medical conditions today?

What occurred in the last few decades to change the notorious Reefer from a public health risk to a ray of hope for cancer patients, those in pain or with anxiety and more?  The response is easy, the general public got smarter, and less vulnerable to propaganda, and medical scientists got braver and more assertive. It’s a long way from the absurd state of mind of “Reefer Madness”.

New research has actually revealed that several of the elements in the Marijuana sativa plant, frequently described as cannabis, might work in the treatment of growths, some cancers, persistent discomfort, convulsions, seizures, and psychoses.

Pot For Kids?

Scientific trials are underway at this minute making use of pure cannabinoid in the treatment of epileptic seizures in kids. An entire brand-new class of medical treatments might be possible, as quickly as the United States federal government quits its Neanderthal views on Cannabis.  This is a sluggish moving tide that is altering. There are a great deal of markets that will be shocked.

Think of the markets presently benefiting from Cannabis being prohibited …

– Prison Industrial Complex (did you understand jails are revenue generating centers?).
– DEA.
– Police (most arrests are for minor marijuana “criminal activities” to fill the prisons).
– Pharmaceutical business (the genuine “drug dealerships”).
– Paper market.
– Fabric market.
– Plastics market.
– Drug cartels.
– Many More.


In 1619, by decree of King James I, hemp (the other typical name for Cannabis) as their primary money crop for export to Europe. Hemp was (and still is, outside the United States) utilized to make the very best ropes in the world, along with excellent clothes, and paper.

America didn’t always hate marijuana.  Cannabis was cultivated by the early colonists for rope and textiles.  George Washington, the Father of our Country, grew Cannabis as his primary crop at Mt. Vernon.  In the 1600’s Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut required their farmers to grow hemp.  Hemp was the major crop of several states all the way into the 1900’s.  During World War II it was encouraged to be grown to help with the war effort.  The last hemp field was harvested in 1957 in Wisconsin.

1850 – Marijuana Added to United States Pharmacopoeia By 1850, cannabis had actually made it into the United States Pharmacopoeia [a main public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the counter medications], which noted cannabis as treatment for various conditions, consisting of: neuralgia, tetanus, typhus, cholera, rabies, dysentery, alcohol addiction, opiate dependency, anthrax, leprosy, incontinence, gout, convulsive conditions, tonsillitis, madness, extreme menstrual bleeding, and uterine bleeding, to name a few.

In the 1930’s, cannabis ended up being the target of federal government control.  US groups started spreading stories of violence induced by Reefer that had been mainly brought by Mexican immigrants to the US.  The name marijuana is believed to be from a combination of the names Mary and Jane, two Mexican names for prostitutes.

Sensationalist stories connected Mexicans, blacks, jazz musicians, prostitutes and underworld whites with violent acts attributed to marijuana usage … Many of the most extravagant and racist stories appeared in papers released by William Randolph Hearst.  Hearst also owned the paper mills that supplied the paper he printed on.  He did not want hemp paper to compete.

The very first laws versus marijuana in the United States were passed in border towns with Mexico … William Randolph Hearst was an up-and-coming paper magnate, owning twenty-eight papers by the mid-1920s … Hearst then dropped the words marijuana and hemp from his papers and started a propaganda project against cannabis.

Reefer Madness

In 1937 the US Narcotics Commissioner testified to Congress in the hearings that would lead to the restrictions on marijuana.  He read from a letter from the editor of the Alamosa, CO Daily Courier which said “I wish I could show you what a small marihuana cigaret can do to one of our degenerate Spanish-speaking residents. That’s why our problem is so great; the greatest percentage of our population is composed of Spanish-speaking persons, most of who are low mentally, because of social and racial conditions.”

This sentiment that marijuana or reefer caused uncontrolled acts by those that smoked it was perpetuated in the film “Reefer Madness”.  Released in 1938 as an exploitation film and  shown through the 1950’s, it was supposed to show the events that happen to high school students that are lured into smoking reefer.  These events could be rape, murder, suicide, hallucinations and more.