Did You Know? 1960-1970

In 1969, part of The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was ruled unconstitutional. In response, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act in 1970 and placed cannabis into Schedule I on the advice of Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg. His letter to Harley O. Staggers, Chairman of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, indicates that the classification was intended to be provisional.

In 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse released a report favoring decriminalization of cannabis.

The Nixon administration took no action to implement the recommendation, and despite multiple attempts to reschedule, cannabis remains a Schedule I substance.