American Attitudes towards Cannabis

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For decades the American attitude towards cannabis has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. 

Before the plant was made illegal it was celebrated for its medical benefits and sold at drug stores to combat symptoms of stomach aches, migraines, inflammation, insomnia, and other ailments. 

But just because it was used for medical purposes in the olden days doesn’t mean its a good idea right? I mean, they used to do crazy stuff like prescribe opioids to treat toothaches…oh wait, they still do. 

Moving on! Thanks to modern research backing up claims of marijuanas medical benefits we can put aside the "Reefer Madness” attitude, a long lasting result that sprouted out of contempt over the results of the Mexican Revolution. 

It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the federal government began to soften its punishment policies.The laws were starting to effect the college educated, upper-middle-class, which wasn’t the intention. 

Today, 31 states and have legalized medical marijuana and 9 states including D.C have legalized it for recreational use, which definitely symbolizes the fading ideals of a policy that has its roots in racism and xenophobia. 

We welcome this change and will get high to celebrate! 

Christina Ocampo