“Marijuana and myth have long gone hand-in-hand.
Some of the rumors one hears about cannabis are simply the nature of shifting stories shared over time. The origins of 4/20, for instance, have, over the years, been attributed to everything from the police code for a cannabis arrest to the number of “chemicals” found in weed. The actual answer is that a group of Northern California high schoolers coined the lingo in the 1970s, but to this day, some still firmly swear by alternate explanations.
In other cases, the myth is intentionally inflicted into the public consciousness for nefarious purposes.
Depending on how one chooses to define the term, it can be argued that the United States underwrote a dangerous myth by classifying cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance despite having valid knowledge, at the time, that marijuana had genuine medical properties. That decision, solidified with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1971, has given generations of Americans a reason to question cannabis from the get-go.
While it will likely take an act of Congress to fix that falsehood, not all myths in the cannabis sphere come with such heavy baggage. …”
Read the full article by Zack Ruskin at Bloom & Oil.
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