Medical marijuana has been part of the zeitgeist for a significant part of human history. Even Chinese Emperors were prescribed medical marijuana tea to treat gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory as far back as 2737 B.C. Healers in other parts of the world used the herb to relieve pain, earaches and as relief during childbirth. It was not until the 1930’s that public perception about pot began to shift and its use became taboo.
Initially, false claims that marijuana made men of color become violent and pursue white women for sex were spread. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act signaled the beginning of the prohibition era in the United States.
In the decades that followed, cannabis would move to the black market, eventually ending up as a Schedule I Drug under the Controlled Substances Act alongside heroin and cocaine.
But, that was then.
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