Marijuana History In United States Sees Milestone, Pot First Banned In California 100 Years Ago

In the 1700's, Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. By the 1800's, it was sold in drugstores, and touted as a cure for migraines and menstrual cramps. In the 1930s, the country's first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, launched a media campaign that claimed marijuana drove normally sane youth to become homicidal maniacs who murdered their own families.

CALIFORNIA: Stricken with cerebral palsy after almost being strangled in the womb by his umbilical cord, the 41-year-old Valley Village resident takes a few puffs of medical marijuana and immediately feels relief. “Weed works,” he says simply.