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The cultivation of marijuana is not new. There is a great deal of evidence to support the theory that marijuana was used for pottery, food, rope and medicine during the stone age. Ancient Chinese medical text references the plant in the treatment of gout, rheumatism, and malaria.  It was also used as an anesthetic for surgeries. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans relied on the marijuana plant in a wide variety of ways. Because of this, the planting and harvesting of cannabis eventually spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, African and India. In North America and Europe in the sixteen hundreds, British colonies took advantage of hemp to produce textiles and as medicine. It is widely believed that Napoleon came back to France from Egypt in the 1700’s with marijuana.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations. By the mid eighteen hundreds, marijuana was considered a mainstream remedy. It is surprising that this rise in acceptance came to a sudden halt. Many people just assume that this was the result of proven research and negative side effects. However, the prohibition of cannabis originates in greed, racism and cultural warfare. It dates back to the Great Depression. In 1929, there was a growing fear and resentment toward foreigners. Randolph Hearst was making his money in the paper business.  As hemp offered a cheaper and more readily available alternative, he sought to discredit marijuana. Suddenly, the newspaper he owned and operated carried frequent stories blaming marijuana for Mexican men losing their minds and murdering people. There were stories of marijuana causing men of color to become violet and rape white women. Unfortunately, these fabrications were enough to turn popular opinion.

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