Medical Marijuana – a Brief History

October 18, 2009 – Marijuana has been used by people around the globe for thousands of years – here is a brief overview:

2737 B.C.: A Chinese medical treatise discusses medical uses of marijuana.Picture 24

2000-70 B.C.: People in Egypt, Greece, India and Rome use marijuana to treat everything from sore eyes to pain.

1621: British clergyman Robert Burton promotes marijuana as a treatment for depression.

1799: Scientific members of Napoleon’s army investigate marijuana’s pain-relieving and sedative effects.

1839: William O’Shaughnessy writes the first modern medical article about marijuana.

1850-1937: Medical professionals turn to other medications and marijuana loses favor as a remedy, although individual researchers continue writing about its favorable effects on mental and physical illnesses.

1923: Louisiana outlaws marijuana.

1937: Congress passes the Marijuana Tax Act, which effectively shuts down the marijuana trade without specifically making the drug illegal.

1941: Marijuana is removed from the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medications.

1970: The U.S. Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a narcotic with no medical value. It replaces the Marijuana Tax Act.

1971-96: Research into the medical uses of marijuana continues. Defendants in a handful of drug cases throughout the United States successfully argue that their marijuana us is a medical necessity.

1996: California voters legalize marijuana for medical use. The state’s Health Department develops rules and a structure for marijuana prescriptions and dispensaries. Federal authorities continue drug busts at the dispensaries and other organizations that handle medical marijuana.

2008: Michigan voters approve medical marijuana.

February 2009: Newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicates the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency no longer will raid California medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with California law.


One response to “Medical Marijuana – a Brief History”

  1. Its good to hear that as years passes by, there are some states that legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Though we can’t totally say that most people uses mmj for good, but at least its legal nowadays since it has helped a lot in terms of medical uses.

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