I come from a family of generational cannabis users.
I mistakenly assumed that it was my grandmother that started smoking weed back in the 1940s in jazz clubs in NYC, but she says that our family was growing it for personal use in the mid to late 1880s.
I just can’t believe the marijuana use in my family goes back over a century! But back then, there was nothing taboo about it. Things changed in the early 1990s when it became a weapon used against both immigrants and people of color within the United States and abroad. It’s a shame that upon exiting alcohol prohibition, we were at the heels of what would be a century-long drug war on cannabis and its variants. We have more states in this country with some form or legal cannabis available right now, but there are still people who are trying to politicize medical marijuana because they don’t agree that high THC levels are important for so many users like myself. If they’re not doctors or pharmacologists, I don’t see how their opinions hold any sway whatsoever. Unfortunately, a lot of these politicians are the ones creating the rules and regulations for medical cannabis in the states that only have medical marijuana programs and not recreational cannabis as well. Doctors have recognized the importance of medical marijuana, and a numerous amount of studies have concluded the same. I wish it would stop being a political issue for so many people. We need full marijuana legalization at the federal level so we don’t have to be left to suffer at the hands of state governments that care more about their donors than they do about the health and wellness of their citizens. I shouldn’t fear losing access to my medical marijuana products to the degree that I do right now.