Marijuana Was Legal At the Federal Level In The Sixties

This one is right out of Old Hippie’s infamous stash of little-known facts.

In the process of doing some historical research, I found some interesting tidbits. Today is, at least according to one source, exactly 75 years since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the dangerous and illegal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, based largely on out-and-out racism, lies, and perjury right on the floor of Congress.

I call it “dangerous and illegal” to deliberately counter that same phrase, used by government propagandists ever since then, to characterize cannabis: a plant that has not only never killed anyone but has helped millions of people medically, as well as saved many others from real addiction to real dangerous drugs like opiates and alcohol.

Dangerous it was, because it brought in the beginning of the War On (some) Drugs, which has killed literally thousands of people. And illegal it was too, because — thanks to the great Timothy Leary for fighting it all the way up to the Supreme Court — it was declared unconstitutional on May 19, 1969.

And that brings us to the surprising fact that for almost a year and a half, at the very height of the Sixties (when I was going to Woodstock and smoking my head off and such), there was no valid Federal law against marijuana! Because Nixon’s “Drug War” law (boo, hiss) — the one that came up with the Federal “drug schedules” that harm Americans to this day — didn’t take effect until the end of October 1970.

Hey, we got along just fine for that 18 months…what do you say we try it again?

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http://gplus.to/OldHippie Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. BeyondChronic.com is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.

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  1. electedface said:

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    Ending marijuana prohibition would save the US $7.7 BILLION annually. That is nearly as much as Congress’ proposed Budget Control Act. Think of the jobs it would create, the court time I would save and the jail space it would free up for actual criminals.

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