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Marijuana In America: History, Culture And People

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Making It Illegal

The first step to criminalizing the drug was 1937 Marijuana Act that put a tax on marijuana. Those who didn’t pay the high taxes could be arrested and/or fined. In 1969, the 1937 Act was ruled unconstitutional, leading to marijuana being added to the Controlled Substance Act in 1970, making it outright illegal.

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