Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States.
Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once.
During the temperance movement of the 1890’s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol.
The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.
A report by the Institute of Medicine found “no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”
There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include, pot, tree, herb, grass, weed, hash, ganja, Mary jane.
Studies indicate that women may be more sensitive to the painkilling qualities of cannabis.
Legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year.
From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy.
Every 42 seconds, someone in the US is arrested for marijuana use.
The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet.
More than 25 million Americans smoke marijuana regularly.
According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
The name “marijuana” comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis and is believed to have derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Mary and Jane
These names were also common Mexican military slang for a prostitute or brothel.
The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.
Research suggests that about nine percent of marijuana users became clinically dependent at some point, compared to 15 percent of cocaine users and 24 percent of heroin users
Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made it illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana in the United States.
Paraguay is the second largest producer of marijuana. Mexico is first.
In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to offer medical marijuana to pain-suffering patients.
In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to legally allow medical marijuana for patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation.
The Dutch have never formally legalized marijuana. They have an official policy, since 1976, of not enforcing existing laws against possession of small amounts or coffee shops, about 700 of them, selling small amounts. But growing, distributing and importing pot is still a crime in the Netherlands.
25.7% of Dutch citizens reported having used marijuana at least once – compared to 41.9% of US citizens.