Marijuana history

Hemp, made from the marijuana plant, has been used to weave fabric for thousands of years.

During the 17th century in the United States, a law was passed in Jamestown Colony, Va., encouraging the growth of hemp.

Marijuana was not used as a recreational drug until the 20th century.

The first state law prohibiting the use of marijuana was enacted by Utah in 1915 because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was concerned that too many members were using the drug.

Marijuana became federally criminalized in 1937.

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