How much do you know about marijuana?

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Get out your thinking caps and put your cannabis knowledge to the test.

Question 1 of 17

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In what year did the United States pass the Marijuana Tax Act, making hemp and cannabis illegal?

The U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. The act imposed a minimal monetary tax, but strict and harsh penalties for non-compliance — meaning offenders were hit with years of prison for neglecting to purchase a few dollars' worth of tax stamps.

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Which amendment did residents of Colorado pass on Nov. 6, 2012, legalizing the production and sale of recreational marijuana?

Amendment 64 was a ballot measure that was passed by 55 percent of Colorado voters. The amendment fully legalized the recreational use of marijuana and set up a system allowing for the production and distribution of the drug.

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What organization, founded in 1970 by Keith Stroup, was the first lobbying organization to argue for the legalization of marijuana?

NORML, which stands for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, was founded in 1970 by Stroup, a lawyer, and benefited from a $5,000 donation from the Playboy Foundation.

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The principle psychoactive component of marijuana is THC. What is THC short for?

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical compound that binds with friendly nerve receptors to deliver marijuana’s key physical and mental effects.

Question 5 of 17

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How many people die in the U.S. every year from smoking too much marijuana?

Zero, zilch, nada. Marijuana is many things, but a killer it is not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were no American deaths from marijuana in 2010. (Alcohol killed 25,692 people.)

Question 6 of 17

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Name the 3 types of cannabis:

The three kinds of cannabis are Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. Sativa plants are typically the tallest of the three and are better suited for fiber and seed production. Indica plants are shorter and squatter and valued by indoor cultivators. Ruderalis is a more feral blend and is rarely smoked.

Question 7 of 17

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Besides Colorado, which other U.S. state legalized the recreational consumption of marijuana in 2012?

Washington state voters passed Initiative 502 by a 12-point margin on Nov. 6, 2012. The initiative legalized the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana by adults.

Question 8 of 17

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Which chemical compound or cannabinoid is second only to THC in concentration in marijuana and is valued for its medicinal affects?

Cannabidiol (CBD) comprises around 40 percent of the cannabinoid in a typical strain of marijuana. CBD differs from the top cannabinoid, THC, in that it has medicinal psychoactive properties without intoxicating qualities.

Question 9 of 17

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The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 categorized marijuana into which drug schedule?

The U.S. government defines Schedule I drugs as those that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use, and that are unsafe to use without medical supervision.

Question 10 of 17

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What federal agent led the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s and was one of the driving forces behind marijuana being made illegal?

Anslinger was the the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) and lead the fight to make marijuana illegal. He was head of the FBN for 32 years before serving as the U.S. Representative to the U.N. Narcotics Commission.

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About how many grams are in one-eighth of an ounce?

Though there are technically 28.3495 grams to an ounce, marijuana aficionados generally round down to 28, which translates to about 3.5 grams in 1/8 of an ounce.

Question 12 of 17

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What country fully legalized the growth, sale and use of marijuana?

In December 2013, Uruguay President José "Pepe" Mujica signed a bill into law legalizing marijuana, making it the first country in the world to do so wholesale. Though cannabis is tolerated in a few countries like Holland, it’s still technically illegal everywhere except Colorado and Washington state and now Uruguay.

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Which university grows the marijuana used in studies by government researchers?

The University of Mississippi has been growing medical marijuana for a small group of government-approved patients since 1968. At its height, the program provided medical marijuana to 30 patients; today there are just four patients still enrolled.

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What year did Tom Forcade publish the first issue of High Times?

Tom Forcade started High Times in 1974 after the first issue, which was meant to be a one-off parody of Playboy (Brilliant idea: replace nude women with naked buds), was enthusiastically received by readers. He kept publishing, and today the magazine has a monthly circulation of about 250,000.

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According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, how many people were arrested in the United States for marijuana violations in 2012?

Almost 750,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses in the United States in 2012. Now that two states have legalized it, the number of arrests may drop as other states see how the new laws play out, possibly following suit.

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What small New England city legalized the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by voter referendum on Nov. 5, 2013?

In what was largely a symbolic move, the citizens of this small city in Maine passed a voters referendum legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The measure passed with nearly 70 percent in favor. It allows adults 21 years and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces.

Question 17 of 17

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What’s the name of synthetic cannabis?

Marinol is the name for the only FDA-approved synthetic cannabinoid, which is prescribed to increase the appetite of people suffering from AIDS and to fight nausea from chemotherapy in cancer patients.

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