Times sure have changed. Even though the government made marijuana illegal back in 1937 and put forth a huge propaganda campaign to make sure everyone knew how evil the “weed” was, It’s becoming legal again in many parts of the country. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states. Where is Marijuana legal? Here is a little history and information. Why was it made illegal in the first place?  Keep reading.Cannabis_sativa2

1930s – Fear of marijuana.  During the Great Depression, massive unemployment increased public resentment and fear of Mexican immigrants, escalating public and governmental concern about the problem of marijuana. This instigated a flurry of research which linked the use of marijuana with violence, crime and other socially deviant behaviors, primarily committed by “racially inferior” or underclass communities. By 1931, 29 states had outlawed marijuana.

1930 – Creation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN)  Harry J. Anslinger was the first Commissioner of the FBN and remained in that post until 1962.

1932 – Uniform State Narcotic Act  Concern about the rising use of marijuana and research linking its use with crime and other social problems created pressure on the federal government to take action. Rather than promoting federal legislation, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics strongly encouraged state governments to accept responsibility for control of the problem by adopting the Uniform State Narcotic Act.

1936 – “Reefer Madness”  Propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was produced by the French director, Louis Gasnier.

The Motion Pictures Association of America, composed of the major Hollywood studios, banned the showing of any narcotics in films.

1937 – Marijuana Tax Act – After a lurid national propaganda campaign against the “evil weed,” Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. The statute effectively criminalized marijuana, restricting possession of the drug to individuals who paid an excise tax for certain authorized medical and industrial uses.

All that is now history.  Here is the current picture of where it is legal and what you are allowed

I. Summary Chart: 23 states and DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana
State Year
How Passed
(Yes Vote)
Possession Limit
Ballot Measure 8 (58%)
1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
2010 Proposition 203 (50.13%) 2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants
Proposition 215 (56%) 8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants
Ballot Amendment 20 (54%)
2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
5. Connecticut 2012 House Bill 5389 (96-51 H, 21-13 S) One-month supply (exact amount to be determined)
2010 Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined
7. Delaware 2011 Senate Bill 17 (27-14 H, 17-4 S) 6 oz usable
Senate Bill 862 (32-18 H; 13-12 S)
3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
9. Illinois 2013 House Bill 1 (61-57 H; 35-21 S) 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days
Ballot Question 2 (61%)
2.5 oz usable; 6 plants
11. Maryland 2014 House Bill 881 (125-11 H; 44-2 S) 30-day supply, amount to be determined
12. Massachusetts 2012 Ballot Question 3 (63%) 60-day supply for personal medical use
2008 Proposal 1 (63%) 2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
14. Minnesota 2014 Senate Bill 2470 (46-16 S; 89-40 H) 30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana
Initiative 148 (62%)
1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings
Ballot Question 9 (65%)
1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature)
17. New Hampshire 2013 House Bill 573 (284-66 H; 18-6 S) Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period
Senate Bill 119 (48-14 H; 25-13 S)
2 oz usable
2007 Senate Bill 523 (36-31 H; 32-3 S)
6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature)
Assembly Bill 6357 (117-13 A; 49-10 S)
30-day supply non-smokable marijuana
Ballot Measure 67 (55%)
24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature)
Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S)
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants
Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59)
2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature)
Initiative 692 (59%)
24 oz usable; 15 plants


Remember, Marijuana is still illegal as far as the Federal Government is concerned and you CANNOT transport or move marijuana across state lines. PERIOD!

Alcohol versus Marijuana

The CDC has documented that Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion, or $1.90 a drink.

Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in theBritish Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana.

Marijuana was made illegal because there are so many medical benefits that the government couldn’t take advantage of.

You may want to follow my blog. My next article will be discussing the many medical benefits of Marijuana.ST-3-bud