Cannabis is now legal medically or recreationally in 28 states in the U.S., and companies such as India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IGC) are developing revolutionary cannabinoid-based combination pharmaceutical therapies. Cannabis’ history doesn’t begin in the 1960s. Scientists have dated burned cannabis seeds found in Siberia to 3,000 B.C., and mummified psychoactive marijuana has been found in tombs of individuals buried around 2,500 B.C. Fast forward a few thousand years and add laws, regulations, and cultural stigma, and behold one of the most disputed substances. In the 1850s, recreational cannabis was considered fashionable in the U.S., and it was widespread in the 1920s as well. In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, making it illegal to possess and transfer cannabis. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), passed in 1970, lists cannabis as a high-abuse-potential Schedule 1 drug.
Although the CSA hasn’t been changed, marijuana has been decriminalized in many places. Medical cannabis was legalized in California in 1996, and Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona followed suit in 1998. The trend has accelerated, and, by 2011, additional states were favoring medical cannabis or passed legislation to decriminalize it. These included…
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