From the dawn of human existence cannabis has been used been and has been cultivated in many aspects of life. Cannabis has been depicted and seen in ancient hieroglyphics, use to create and make clothing and textiles, has be used in many cultures and spiritual groups as a sacred practice, used in early medical practices for its ability to alleviate pain manly sickly symptoms, and recreationally used for its psychoactive effects.
But now cannabis is in another phase of its history in terms of the article it is in its legalization period and is at a crossroad with medical and recreational policy. As of today marijuana is only legal in certain states, still remains a Schedule I drug and is classified schedule I with cocaine and heroine, and is still a misdemeanor or a felony if caught with it in states where it’s illegal, and there are still many laws behind it even though it is legal in certain states. Throughout history cannabis has had its fair share of being used freely and restricted depending on the geography or the region. It was not just banned to be banned there were many reasons why some regions, and cultures banned it from being used. On page 9 of the article it states, “The first documented prohibition of cannabis was by an edict of Soudon Sheikouni, the emir of Joneima in Arabia in 1378, who ordered destruction of the plants and punishment for users.” On the same page of the article another historical ban of cannabis was by the Capital of the Kingdom if Merina which is now present-day Madagascar. In the article it expresses, “By the late 1700s, smoking cannabis in the capital of the Kingdom of Merina was widespread, intense, and blamed for users climbing palace walls and falling into defensive ditches, prompted King Andrianampoinimerina to ban its usage and make it punishable by death sooner after ascending to the throne in 1787. Then there were other cultures and people who used cannabis to make profits and materials. “While Portuguese most likely bought cannabis to Brazil to cultivate it for hemp fiber. The recreational use of the plant by African slaves led to the Municipal Council of Rio de Janeiro in 1830 to ban bringing the plant to the city and its use by slaves,” page 9 of the article. Shortly after many countries and regions of the world would slowly start to ban cannabis and it use.