The States of Alaska and Oregon legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use; the States of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Massachusetts all begin to draft legalization legislation.
Includes laws which have not yet gone into effect
Some Indian reservations have legalization policies separate from the states they are located in
Cannabis is illegal in all federal enclaves.
Legal Medical Marijuana Only, limited THC content
Under President G.W. Bush the U.S. federal government intensified its "war on drugs" targeting both patients and doctors across the state of California.
CURRENT cannabis: State by state
Legal marijuana was a $10.4 billion industry in the U.S. in 2018 with a quarter-million jobs devoted just to the handling of marijuana plants.
The States of Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana / cannabis for recreational use. The US District of Columbia decriminalizes personal use and possession of marijuana / cannabis.
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Only a few years later, the LaGuardia Committee found most of the claims that it caused crime, violence, insanity and death were completely unsubstantiated.
California became the first U.S. State to then re-legalize medical marijuana use for people suffering from serious illnesses.
Legal Medical Marijuana Only
Allows Legal Recreational Weed
U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized the drug.
Marijuana was widely used through
out United States as a medicinal
drug and could easily be purchased
in pharmacies and general stores.
President Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, officially beginning the U.S. international "war on drugs."
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The US National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) forms.