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History of Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana gives patients an unparalleled opportunity to treat a myriad of serious conditions and debilitating diseases.


Today, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed and are implementing medical marijuana programs across the U.S. West Virginia became the 29th state in 2017.


Florida, North Dakota, OhioArkansas, and Pennsylvania legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Maryland, Minnesota and New York legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Illinois and New Hampshire legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Connecticut and Massachusetts legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Delaware legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Arizona, New Jersey, and Washington D.C legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Michigan legalized the use of medical marijuana.


New Mexico legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Rhode Island legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Montana legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Colorado, Hawaii, and Nevada legalized the use of medical marijuana.


Maine legalized the use of medical marijuana.


November, 1996, California passed Ballot Proposition 215, the legalization of medical marijuana.

According to Stanford, qualifying conditions included; Anorexia, Arthritis, Cachexia, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Glaucoma, Severe Nausea, HIV/AIDS, Migraine, Persistent Muscle Spasms including those associated with Multiple Sclerosis, and Seizures including those associated with Epilepsy.


DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis L. Young, stated after in-depth analyses and hearings, “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known…it would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance…” Learn more at Americans for Safe Access.


Qualifying patients had the ability to receive up to 9 pounds of Cannabis each year from the Government.

Since the inception of law against medical use of marijuana in 1937, Americans for Safe Access stated that from that point on, Cannabis would only be legal to a limited number of patients through the Investigational New Drug (IND) compassionate access research program.


According to Americans for Safe Access, The United States passed its first federal law outlawing the use of Cannabis. This decision was made despite the contradicting views of the American Medical Association including that of Dr. William C. Woodward,

“The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that  marijuana is a dangerous drug” additionally stating that with this prohibition, we may “loses sight of the fact that future investigations may show that there are substantial medical uses for Cannabis.