by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
There is a history of ignoring scientific facts on marijuana. The demonization of cannabis was perpetuated with decisions made by President Richard Nixon and is carried forward through today’s DEA. But the tides are shifting.
Cannabis was not always illegal, in the US, or elsewhere. Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi once recommended marijuana as medicine. The Hebrews once wrote of it as a ‘holy anointing oil.’ The Egyptians used it as an anti-inflammatory agent; the Indians, an anesthetic. It was once grown in our own country profusely.
In 1970, cannabis was placed temporarily in Schedule I, the most dangerous controlled substances group, pending the results of a commission created by Richard Nixon to study cannabis and its medicinal effects. In 1972, this commission, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, recommended that cannabis prohibition end, which would remove it from Schedule I. Instead, Nixon disregarded the compelling results of his own appointed commission. Four decades later, cannabis remains a Schedule I classification along with heroine and cocaine.
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