The Legal History of Marijuana

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Reefer Madness is released

1936

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is ratified

1937 - 1970

Partially replaced with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970

Margaret Mead testifies before Congress to legalize marijuana

1969

The Shafer Commission is released

1972

California becomes the first state to legalize medical marijuana

1996 - Present

Washington and Colorado legalize marijuana for medical purposes

2012 - Present

Recreational marijuana sales begin in Colorado

2014