30 October 2013
Marijuana History When it comes to using the drug for medical purposes, though, no one did it like the ancients. Around 2000 B.C., the Egyptians used cannabis to treat sore eyes (Webley). A millennium later, doctors in India could be found mixing the weed with milk to use as an anesthetic (Webley). In 200 B.C., the Greeks used marijuana to remedy earaches (Webley). Pot even enjoyed its freedom in America 's early days stated in the article Brief History by Kayla Webley. Now on November, 2013 the citizens of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana, and when the first of the new laws took effect on December 6, happy tokers celebrated, as quoted in the article Grass Roots by Von Drehle (Webley). Marijuana is a widely used drug, but could it benefit us in positive ways. For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It’s not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law (Whitebread). Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it’s been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. (Whitebread). The marijuana plant, of course, has an incredible number of uses (Whitebread). The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more (Whitebread). This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600′s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900′s (Whitebread). America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law ordering all farmers to grow hemp stated by Charles Whitebread in the reading The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States. In the 1700s Hemp was the primary crop grown by George Washington at Mount Vernon, and a secondary crop grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello
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