Marijuana use in the United States has been a controversial issue for almost a century. The two sides of the issue have been working against each other non-stop trying to gain the upper hand for their cause. Those in favor of criminalization believe marijuana use is detrimental to society while those in favor of legalization see legitimate applications for treating medical and psychological issues.
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The hazy history of marijuana in America dates back as far as the early 1600’s when the Puritans first brought Cannabis sativa. Since then, marijuana in American culture has had its periods of highs and lows. Up until 1913, marijuana was openly used and readily available in pharmacies. However, laws were then enacted prohibiting the drug unless a doctor prescribed it. Between the 1920’s to the 70’s several agencies and additional laws were created to crack down on marijuana use.
It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that the laws began to loosen and legalization of medicinal marijuana began appearing on ballots of the more liberal states, starting with California and Oregon. Today, more than 17.4 million individuals admitted using pot and the numbers look like they will only grow in the near future.
What’s next for marijuana and cannabis in American society?