How much do you know about marijuana?
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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.
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.
- Amendment 420
- Amendment 19
- Amendment 64
- Amendment 42
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.
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical compound that binds with friendly nerve receptors to deliver marijuana’s key physical and mental effects.
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.)
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.
- Sativa, India and Shrutiris
- Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis
- There are only two, Sativa and Indica
- Schwag, Regs and Kind
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.
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.
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.
- Schedule 1, along with drugs like heroin and LSD
- Schedule 2, along with drugs like cocaine and oxycodone
- Schedule 3, along with drugs like ketamine and steroids
- Schedule 4, along with drugs like phenobarbital and Provigil
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.
- J. Edgar Hoover
- Hank Schrader
- Henry Giordano
- Harry J. Anslinger
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.
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.
- Costa Rica
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.
- University of Colorado
- University of Hawaii
- University of Mississippi
- University of Vermont
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.
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.
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.
- Portland, Maine
- Portsmouth, N.H.
- Cambridge, Mass.
- Burlington, Vt.
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.