A century ago this year was when California first banned marijuana.
In fact, weed historian and legalization advocate Dale Gieringer pinpoints the key date to Aug. 10, 1913, when a new regulation quietly took effect from the state Board of Pharmacy that added “locoweed” to the state Poison Act.
He insisted not a single death has attributed to toxicity levels in marijuana, whereas vast numbers of people die of prescription drug overdoses each year.
“Bottom line is marijuana is illegal because of politics. This is a mass political attack by the government, by the pharmaceutical companies, by the large corporations who cannot control and dominate the multi-billion dollar marijuana trade”
“We should respect Americans’ right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a country where people are free to do what they want in their private lives — use alcohol, cigarettes, guns, do all sorts of bizarre sex practices.”
“Americans should be free to smoke a joint too, if we want.”
(via Huffington Post)