As the 20th century turned the corner, marijuana policies started forming around the world. The “devil’s lettuce” was outlawed completely in 1937 and, just 80 years later, more than half of the states legalized cannabis on a medical basis.
In 1906, the first piece of legislation regarding marijuana was passed when it was labeled as a poison, and soon enough, in the early 1920’s, the unequivocal cannabis prohibition started.
By the ’30s marijuana was outlawed in each of the 48 states.
Today, marijuana is threatening to become the #1 legal substance for consumption as we see legalization movements around the globe appearing more and more by the year.
The beginning of the end of prohibition
The end of the 20th century marked the slow but certain rise of cannabis, as we started seeing medical marijuana being sold in California and a few other states quickly after, mainly on the West Coast.
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and Alaska, Oregon and Washington quickly followed its path.
So, how exactly America shot itself in the foot by outlawing marijuana?
Well, state-run programs are great for the state, and its taxes, and the people within the State.
They are great, they really are.
But, the problem here is much bigger, it is on a totally different scale.
Since all these laws were hastily put in place, the politicians of the early 20th century didn’t really think through the whole situation.
Seeing how America was then much more influential on foreign politics and policies being made, the politicians probably thought that they buried cannabis once and for good.
But they didn’t. They just put the whole program on hold, and then made it tangled up to an absurd level.
By doing so, the lawmakers of the old directly shot the future generations in the foot, making it practically impossible for the US to make any kind of legal and valuable transactions.
Why? Well, that’s simple — by classifying cannabis as a Schedule I drug, the federal government limited itself to treating it as a such.
No trading, no sales, no deals can be made. The US federal government simply cannot be seen even talking about cannabis as a commodity as it has sworn itself to be the nemesis of cannabis for all times.
This hasn’t yet come around to bite the US by the cheeks, but it will, very soon.
See, the federal government is losing money with every day that passes, as deals to supply foreign governments with cannabis are being made every month.
Canada and Israel are pumping loads of money in their cannabis industries and are closing deals with European countries as we speak.
Aurora Cannabis, one of the Canadian cannabis powerhouses, has reached out to several countries and made deals with some of the biggest markets — including Portugal, Germany, Italy, Malta and Denmark.
Israel is also in play to take a huge market share in the world of cannabis, as its Better by Cann Pharmaceuticals can produce organic, high-potency trimmed marijuana for ~65¢ a gram, or $18/ounce.
Source: Gallup Poll
Another thing to keep in mind is that the public approval for legalizing marijuana in the United States has been growing rapidly over the past few years, so much so that the last year was the first time it hit 60%.
So, knowing that they will have the backing of the public and having more than a half states already legalize medical marijuana, why is the federal government not legalizing it?
My opinion is — they can’t. The federal government is so tangled up in its own laws and policies that were made to prevent anything related to marijuana.
The federal government would have to move rivers and mountains in order just to reset everything back to the state before the 1930’s.