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Marijuana: A Chronic History Documentary Part II

Read Part I about the History Channel Documentary: Marijuana – A Chronic History

Take The Marijuana Quiz

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The History Channel documentary then chronicles the history of marijuana in the world and in the U.S. It has long been used for medicinal, utilitarian, and recreational purposes.

anslingerAncient cultures used it to treat malaria and rheumatism. China was the exported the plant to Europe wehre it was greatly celebrated.

Then, according to Melissa Etheridge, “it came to America 300 years ago   with settlers.”

In Virginia the there were laws were created by the King of England who fined people that grew the more profitable tobacco instead of hemp for England.

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Marijuana: A Chronic History Documentary Part I

history channel marijuanaIf you took the marijuana quiz based on the History Channel documenatry “Marijuana: A Chronic History,” then you may be surprised to see that the answer to all the questions was “true.”

This may seem unbelievable, but the history of marijuana becoming  a “schedule 1 drug” in the United States is long and convoluted. The substance has been used medicinally and for other practical purposes for thousands of years.

This History Channel documentary used footage from many other previously documentaries and some new information to explore the phenomenon of Marijuana’s legalization and effect on society in the United States.

The show starts out in the emerald triangle Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties.  The weather is good, the land is hilly and remote, and the social/law enforcement climate have allowed an entire illegal industry to develop since the 1960’s.

Marijuana cultivation started primarily outdoors but has since moved indoors. Growers have become educated and business savvy. Also, as we will see later, there are some interlopers from south of the border in this area.

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