Did You Know: 1937

Prior to 1937 cannabis was among the top three remedies prescribed by the medical profession for hundreds of conditions. While reefer madness about the dread marijuana was spread through newspapers, film and radio, people had cannabis tinctures in their medicine cabinets and they, along with 160,000 practicing physicians did not realize that the word marijuana was being used to describe “cannabis”.

Until cannabis was made illegal through the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937, this giving plant had enjoyed a 5,000 year history as a therapeutic agent across many cultures.

In this context, its mere blip as an illicit and dangerous drug is dwarfed by its role as a medicine.