The speed with which Americans are now considering legalizing marijuana has taken everyone by surprise. But in the midst of this shift in public opinion and state law it is worth remembering the speed with which marijuana was made illegal.
Part 1 To your health We are in the middle of a medical and social revolution. Cannabis, which once was prohibited federally and in all 50 states, is now approved for medicinal purposes in 30 states.
In NovemberMichigan residents will vote whether or not to legalize recreational use of cannabis, having approved medical use in Recent polls indicate strong support for passage.
Across America, support for legalized marijuana has been steadily growing. In31 percent of Americans supported legalization, according to a Gallup poll. Bysupport had risen to 44 percent, and in it was reported at 61 percent.
Support for medical marijuana is now nearly ubiquitous: More than 94 percent of the U. Entrepreneurs like it too.
Sales are expected to double every two years going forward. It is an annual, dioecious flowering herb indigenous to central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but it grows almost anywhere.
All three are considered subspecies of the sativa category. Cannabis also is known as Hemp, although this term often refers only to varieties of cannabis cultivated for non-drug use — including fibers and oils. Marijuana generally refers only to parts of the cannabis sativa plant, or derivative products that contain substantial levels of THC.
Cannabis is a broad term that describes the organic products derived from the cannabis sativa plant e. While many of the cannabis constituents also can be found in other plants, it is only the cannabinoids that are unique to the cannabis plant.
Many cannabinoids act on cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body and brain. This system also contributes to exercise-induced euphoria. Major cannabis chemicals Cannabinoids — 70 different cannabinoids have been identified. THC is the most common.
Other cannabinoids, like cannabidiol CBDhave a similar chemical structure as THC, but exhibit different biological effects with virtually no psychotropic potential.
Cannabinoids present in their so-called non-active acid-form, and it is only during heating to high temperatures vaporizing, smoking, or baking that these chemicals transform into their more active compounds. Terpenes — Chemicals that give cannabis its distinct smell s. There are more than different terpenes in cannabis.
Drug search dogs are trained to recognize specific terpenes to find cannabis. Terpenes have a wide range of known biological effects, such as anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, or analgesic.
Other cannabis chemicals —Different strains of cannabis produce a different spectrum of chemicals. Some may only be produced by very specific strains, or the same constituents may be present but in different relative amounts. As a result, the medicinal properties of cannabis strains can vary widely.
Because of the large number of chemicals, it is difficult to study how the chemical composition of a cannabis strain relates to its effect on different medical conditions.Cannabis Drug Use in 19th Century America. by Jack Herer. Although by , cannabis hemp products for fiber, paper, nautical use, lamp oil, food, etc., were possibly the largest agricultural and industrial business in the world and America, the hundreds of medical uses of cannabis (known for thousands of years in the Orient and Middle East) .
Political and racial factors combined with the way marijuana users were portrayed in the media to create the "illegalization" of marijuana across the 20th century. On the first day of , Colorado became the first state to permit marijuana dispensaries to sell pot for recreational use. California, in the Compassionate Use Act of , became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use by people with severe or chronic illnesses.
Washington, D.C., 29 states and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico allow the use of cannabis for limited medical purposes. Drug Enforcement in the United States: History, Policy, and Trends It then provides a brief overview of drug enforcement in the United States and summarizes U.S.
drug policy. Finally, the report presents trends in federal drug enforcement and Late 19th Century–Early 20th Century Both recreational and medical use of drugs, including.
The legal history of cannabis in the United States began with state-level prohibition in the early 20th century, with the first major federal limitations occurring in Starting with Oregon in , individual states began to liberalize cannabis laws through decriminalization.
The 20th century began without planes, televisions, and of course, computers. These inventions radically transformed the lives of people around the globe, with many changes originating in the United States. This century witnessed two world wars, the Great Depression of the s, the Holocaust in.