Marijuana Today: Woodstock MJ vs 21st Century Cannabis


Marijuana has been a subject of controversy for over a century. The government outlawed it in 1937. This followed a years-long racist smear campaign conducted by Harry Anslinger, the first leader of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Marijuana use has been in flux in the past century, with the height of use occurring in the late 1970s. Almost 13% of people over 12 reported marijuana use within the past month in 1979. Today, that number is roughly 8%. The number of users isn’t the only thing that’s changed since the 70s. Marijuana today is more potent than it was back in the 1960s and 70s. There are a few reasons for this, and we’ll talk more about them in this article. A Question of Legality? Marijuana today is six or even eight times more powerful than in the 1970s. While there isn’t one factor that seems to have caused the rise in potency, legality may have something to do with it. Marijuana was illegal in the 1970s and is still illegal in most states today. The difference is that the political perception of marijuana was more lenient. For the first half of the 1970s, states were lessening penalties for possession. Some even considered decriminalizing cannabis. A pushback from parents in 1976 caused the government to reinstate minimum sentences. They’d only get tougher in the next few decades. Most gamblers and investors will tell you that risk and reward go hand in hand. The more you stand to lose, the larger the prize has to be to justify taking the chance. For marijuana, this led to higher potency as a response to larger legal penalties.   Know-How and Innovation The 1980s was a weird time for marijuana. On the one hand, you had the government increasing penalties for drug possession. Meanwhile,…

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