Marijuana Prohibition

Last Updated: April 24, 2019

Definition - What does Marijuana Prohibition mean?

Marijuana Prohibition generally refers to the series of state and federal laws in the United States leading up to and including both the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and the 1970 Controlled Substances Act which repealed the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act and instead placed cannabis alongside other Schedule One substances as opioids, stimulants and hallucinogenic drugs.
Marijuana Prohibition is not limited to the United States and may refer to any number of laws, acts or policies that currently exist or were repealed by countries throughout the world that have criminalized the production, transport, sale, possession and/or consumption of cannabis. Despite the recreational use of marijuana being illegal in many countries, since the beginning of the 21st century, the medicinal usage of it is becoming more recognized and even allowed by many governments.

MaximumYield explains Marijuana Prohibition

Though the original reasons for prohibition of Marijuana may have been promoted for moral or health reasons, there is much speculation that there were numerous other less “noble” ones. Some historians believe that the prohibition was meant to discriminate against Hispanic individuals, especially those from Central and South America, by claiming that marijuana was a part of their culture which drives them to crime or laziness. Other historians believe that the 1937 tax act was meant to protect lumber and paper interest and synthetic fiber development interests by such companies as Hearst Publications, Weyerhaeuser Lumber and DuPont, along with their executives.

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