Marijuana Seeds – the acceptance of medical marijuana in the U.S.
On October 19th 2009, the U.S. Justice Department declared that it would not pursue medical marijuana users and distributers who comply with state laws. Currently 16 states allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering ailments ranging from AIDS to glaucoma.
The prescription of medical marijuana can be traced back as far as 2737 B.C. where marijuana seeds were prescribed for the treatment of malaria, rheumatism and oddly enough, poor memory. The use of medical marijuana grew in popularity and spread throughout the continent to Asia, the Middle East, and certain Hindu sects in India used marijuana for religious purposes and stress relief. Medical marijuana has been used for various purposes throughout history. Physicians prescribed it for anything from earache to pain relief during child birth.
By the late 18th Century, early American medical journals were suggesting the use of marijuana seeds for the treatment of incontinence and inflamed skin. One of the first doctors condoning the use of medical marijuana was Irish doctor William O’Shaughnessy, who popularised its use in England and America. Doctor O’Shaughnessy recognised that the use of medical marijuana eased the pains caused by rheumatism and was helpful to combat the discomfort associated with nausea, rabies and cholera.
There was a significant change in American attitudes to the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes at the end of the 19th century when between 2% and 5% of the U.S. population were addicted to morphine, a popular ingredient in patent medicines which was given various slang names. To prevent the rest of the country becoming addicted to morphine the U.S. government introduced the Pure Food and Drug Act 1906. This act required certain drugs to be accurately labelled with contents and dosage. At this moment in time, marijuana seeds were available without prescription as long as they were labelled. This illustrated a major shift in American drug policy.
In 1914, under the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, drug use was defined as a crime. The act taxed drugs that were regulated under the act and people were punished who used the drugs without paying the tax. Further regulation was enacted in the U.S. under the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This act was specifically aimed at the use of marijuana seeds and made nonmedical use of marijuana illegal.
It wasn’t until the 1950s when mandatory punishments were laid down for marijuana possessors and distributors. There was then a period of relaxation, which is illustrated by California’s acceptance of medical marijuana in 1996. This then started a trend with further states following in California’s footsteps.
The use of medical marijuana in the UK is not permitted and the use of it in America is heavily regulated. At The Single Seed Centre we do not condone the cultivation of marijuana seeds and provide our seeds for collection purposes only. Visit our website for a wide range of seeds to enhance your collection.