Cannabis policy reform has been a long time coming. While it may seem like CBD edibles went straight from illegal to legalized in the timespan of one election, it really isn’t the case. Cannabis legalization has a remarkable, deep history.
Although the full story began in 1492 when the first pot plants were brought to North America by Christopher Columbus, this article skips a few centuries to more significant and recent developments.
Cannabis were not widely used in the U.S. until the early 20th century. Although they were popular in various parts of Latin America. Americans at that time were convinced that CBD edibles were degenerate and dangerous, so they started banning them.
1937: Cannabis Banned by Federal Bureau of Narcotics
The complete ban on the possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis occurred in 1930s. After that, CBD edibles were criminalized and banned on a large scale via the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act of 1937.
1940s: Farmers Encouraged to Grow Cannabis
In the early 1940s, things changed when the federal authorities encouraged famers to grow cannabis. The reason behind it was that cannabis were severely needed for the war effort. In 1969, the Tax Stamp Act got tossed out by the Supreme Court and Americans nearly got a taste of real legal reform.
1970: Controlled Substances Act
In 1970, president Richard Nixon and Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, declaring cannabis to be among the world’s most dangerous substances. Things didn’t change afterwards for the next 26 years. Then, in 1996, voters in California passed the first medical cannabis law in the world. Within the next few years, several other states followed suit.
1996: First Medical Cannabis Program in the World
Legalization wasn’t really a popular idea at the time in 1996, however it was heading in that direction. In November that year, world’s first legal cannabis program was approved by the voters in California. Soon, other states followed suit and medical cannabis became an established reality by 2012.
2012: Cannabis Got Legalized for Recreational Use
Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use and several others have followed suit since. The legalization initiative known as Amendment 64, passed by a wide margin. The new law allows possession and purchase of up to 1 ounce of CBD edibles per person.
2014: Nationwide Legalization for Recreational Use by Uruguay
After president Jose Mujica signed legislation permitting adult use of cannabis, Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalize CBD edibles nationwide. According to the legislation, adults (18+) can consume, possess, and grow cannabis.
2018: Nationwide Legalization for Recreational Use by Canada
On 17 October 2018, Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use nationwide and became the second country in the world to do that.
The Future of CBD Edibles
The biggest victories in the CBD industry may yet be to come. Cannabis industry is growing at a rapid rate and the momentum for cannabis reform is virtually unstoppable at the moment. Legal CBD edibles are here to stay.