Canada, some U.S. states, Uruguay and a handful of other countries have legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational use. Most of governments have not, yet. They are merely lingering in a limbo of modest and weakening objection towards cannabis. All it takes is for a large regional market to become fully legal such as the United States to break down any remaining ‘authorization’ instincts worldwide.
The reason why this is important is because of the interests that turned cannabis into an illegal substance in 1937 (in the United States) have not gone away in 2019. While many if these interests remained occult, hiding their opposition to legalization, they caught the attention of favorable prospects of the emerging cannabis market and continued to put pressure against it, feeling the stigma of cannabis consumption. If cannabis legalization is a boon for many consumers, entrepreneurs and investors alike, not everyone supports it. All it takes is the interests of a handful of people to affect the course of events, especially in matters of politics and society.
The best defense against the positions of the powerful majority is a societal benefits that legal cannabis creates in the face of misinformation and fossilized cliches. The facts suggests that the public has welcomed the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Humans have done this for thousands of years. Archeology and history show that cannabis goes back as far as the Neolithic Age (the last phase of the stone age, ca 7000-4500 BCE depending on region on when agriculture was just beginning. History is understood to begin, when the Neolithic ends, writing is invented. Much have been said about the Indian use of cannabis Nd and ganja. The cannabis plant is also known as marijuana and ganja (in Sanskrit) that can be used as an intoxicant, a medicine or as a fiber. Cannabis cultivation dates back to 10,000 years ago, in the Neolithic period, when the Aryans, ancestors of Inso-European populations, may have taught the Indians the hallucinogenic properties of cannabis. The Chinese also investigated the plant and the pharmacological treatise attributed to the period of Emperor Shen Nung (ca 2730 BC) cities the use of cannabis as medicine.
Some cannabis of “Kannabis” history
The ancient Greeks called it KávvaBIc (Kannabis). There’s substantial material evidence that the Greeks used hemp since at least 600 B.C. as archeologists have found hemp fiber in the ruins of the Carthaginian ship sunk near Sicily. The famous historian Herodotus wrote in 450 B.C. that the Thracians produced high-quality hemp clothes. The Herodotos spoke of the Scythians, who inhaled fumes emmited by Kannabis burning on hit stoned inside tents.
The Greeks were aware of its therapeutic qualities. Greek literature from about 400 B.C. cities Kannabis as a remedy for back pain. Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician whom the Romans “hired” in 70 A.D., to research and catalogue plant a to have medical properties. Dioscorides published 600 species in a book, ‘De Materia Material. Dioscorides cited its use for making ropes. He also noted that cannabis was a remedy for earaches . ‘De Materia Medica’ was translated into dozens of languages as a key manual for western medicine for over 1500 years.
The ancient Indians beloved that cannabis eased digestion and sharpened intelligence among other desirable effects. The catalogue of ailments and uses of cannabis in the ancient world was not too ancient. It raised a question, what happened to cannabis in more recent times? How did the consumption of a plant praised in many ancient cultures for so long suddenly become demonized? The roots of cannabis demonization are European. Apart of the medicinal uses of cannabis, Europeans had always enjoyed cannabis for recreational properties.
Prohibition and its roots
By the early Renaissance, some officials were concerned about cannabis ability to distract people from thinking about more ‘serious matters’. In 1484 francois Rebelais, a physician, botanist and monk who wrote ‘The life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, decided to challenge the oppressive religious climate by writing about the herb patagruelion and it’s properties. The Vatican helped promote the use of cannabis for recreational purposes for centuries. The cultivation of cannabis continues legally for centuries until 1937. Hemp has also been used to make paper. The first bible, which Gutenburg printed in 1453 on hemp paper was imported from Italy. Hemp was also used to make sails for ships. The 3 ships Christopher Columbus used to reach the Americans were made from hemp. George Washington cultivated hemp. The US constitution was printed on hemp paper. By the 1850’s there were 8000 hemp plantations in the United States.
Conclusions: Prohibitions is Expensive and Damaging to the Hand of the Market
The revival of cannabis and its culture has triggered another entrepreneurial spirit that led to the development of the personal computer, the internet and the smartphone. Legalization of Cannabis has opened up research possibilities, which can understand the risks incurred by users of cannabis and their benefits. Naturally, wide-scale international legalization would help governments extract more taxes while weakening organizes crime. Cannabis itself presents opportunities by lending itself to organic cultivation, requiring few if any chemical treatments, adapting to all of climates and altitudes.