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The surprising history of marijuana and why it’s illegal

Twenty-nine states have legalized the use of medical marijuana and on top of that, nine states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational pot. But the question is, why was it illegal in the first place? USA TODAY takes a look at the history of why exactly marijuana is illegal in the United States:

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More About Cannabis Prohibition

The legal history of cannabis in the United States pertains to the regulation of cannabis (legal term marijuana or marihuana) for medical, recreational, and industrial purposes in the United States. Increased restrictions and labeling of cannabis as a poison began in many states from 1906 onward, and outright prohibitions began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state, including 35 states that adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. The first national regulation was the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

Legal history of cannabis in the United States

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Why Marijuana Was Made Illegal: The History of Cannabis Prohibition

“Cannabis has a complicated history in the United States. Public interest in cannabis has gone through several cycles of boom and bust since its introduction to the West in the 19th century. Legislation for much of U.S. History has attempted to stifle consumption, though in recent decades the trend has seen some reversal.” Keep reading on Ganjapreneur

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Why the U.S. Made Marijuana Illegal

“Fear of Mexican immigrants led to the criminalization of marijuana.” Keep reading on HISTORY

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How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place?

With so much information coming out about the medical value of marijuana, and that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, why was it made illegal in the first place?

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