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Op-ed: America’s past holds clues for solving current issues with marijuana industry

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Op-ed: America’s past holds clues for solving current issues with marijuana industry

Historian Nick Johnson: Lessons from a troubled history of marijuana prohibition can make for a cleaner, more inclusive cannabis industry today

Marijuana might not have given many Americans a hangover, but prohibition certainly did.

In 1917, Colorado banned cultivation and sale of the drug cannabis, a peripheral yet legal medicine in early 20th-century America. Then, 95 years later on Nov. 6, 2012, Coloradans voted to re-legalize the plant and its products for adults 21 and older.

While the legalization vote was widely celebrated as the dawn of a new, more rational era in American drug policy, few observers took the time to appreciate what happened in the interceding decades, and what those events might mean for the modern cannabis industry....

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/20/america-marijuana-industry-prohibition-history-environmental-racial-issues/89825/


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