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History of the Marijuana Laws

The History of the Marijuana Laws in the United States by Charles Whitebread - A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference An excellent, and funny history of how we got our current drug laws.

The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition by Professor Richard J. Bonnie & Professor Charles H. Whitebread, II -- The first major study ever done of the legal history of the marihuana laws.

The History of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 by David F. Musto, MD

From the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 - Transcripts from congressional hearings and conferences

Marijuana, The First 12,000 Years by Ernest Abel

Fitz Hugh Ludlow Hypertext Library of Historical Documents on Hemp

Historical and Literary References to Hemp - 30 Pages of references from lots of sources to give you a picture of hemp through history.

Historical and Literary References to Hemp - Part 2 - 15 more pages of references.

Hugh Downs commentary on hemp ABC News, NY, 11/90:

Hemp For Victory - By the US Department of Agriculture, 1942

This is the transcript of the film done by the USDA to encourage farmers to grow hemp (marijuana) during World War II, because it was a vital resource for such uses as ropes, heavy cloth, etc.

New Billion-Dollar Crop - Hemp- Popular Mechanics, February, 1938

Graphic Image of The New Billion Dollar Crop article (about 500K)

Pinch Hitters for Defense - Popular Mechanics, December, 1941

Marijuana and the Bible by The Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church

This pamphlet is more than just a religious tract. It includes a long series of historical, literary, and biblical references to marijuana and the beliefs of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church.

Hemp article, from Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed. (1910-1911)

Hemp article - from the Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1856

The Assassins by Philip K. Hitti - A short discussion of the Hashishins, who have often been used as the historical example of the association between hashish (marijuana) and violence.

The Tale of Two Hashish-Eaters (Traditional) From 1001 Arabian Nights

The Tale of the Hashish Eater - From 1001 Arabian Nights

A Short Hemp History, The Story you were never told in school By John Birrenbach, Founder, The Institute for Hemp

The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1934 - relating to cannabis

Marijuana and the Pygmies - Carl Sagan's idea about how marijuana may have triggered human civilization.

Hemp - Children's Encyclopedia of 1909

Slavery in the Hemp Industry - Excerpted from A History of the Hemp Industry in Kentucky by James F. Hopkins (Lexington: University of Kentucky, 1951), pp. 4, 24-30, 132-40, 196.

Artificial Paradises: on hashish and wine as means of expanding individuality - Baudelaire

The Fabulous Feats of the Futtering Freebooters -- from The Cradle of Erotica

On indications of the Hachish-vice in the Old Testament By C. CREIGHTON, M.D., *London*. From: JANUS, Archives internationales pour l'Histoire de la Medecine et la Geographie Medicale, Huitieme Annee, 1903, p. 241-246

The Nectar of Delight

Orgies of the Hemp Eaters, From the New York Herald, Friday, March 15, 1895

The Discovery of Hashish from Victor Robinson, *An Essay on Hasheesh* (New York, 1912) p.23

Cannabis Fluid Extract - From the Parke, Davis & Company 1929-1930 physicians' catalog.

A Crop for the Duration is . . . HEMP IN ILLINOIS - : January, 1943 -  The Illinois Agriculturist Author: Larry Mowers '45 Page: 56

Hemp: Extension of the Industry to Other States -  1913 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Hemp: Soils Suited to Hemp -  1913 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture

Hemp: Report of the Secretary of Agriculture - 1900

Historical Art

An early drawing of the cannabis plant

"Marihuana" - Dime Novel Cover

Marihuana - Weed With Roots In Hell (Poster)

Grow Hemp for War (World War II Poster)

Assassin of Youth (Marijuana poster)

Reefer Club (Marijuana Novel Cover)

Persian Prince smoking hashish

Reefer Comics

Indian woman and a hookah

Persian smoking hashish

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