1. Pot, bud, marijuana, Mary Jane, ganja… Call it whatever you’d like, but the technical (and proper) term for weed is actually cannabis.
2. Cannabis plants can be broken down into three species: sativa, indica, and the less popular ruderalis.
3. When rapper Tupac Shakur was cremated in 1996, his ashes were mixed with cannabis and then smoked by his posse.
4. The term marijuana (or marihuana) became very popular in the early 20th century. It is said that the term was actually used to spur propaganda efforts by highlighting the plants “Mexican-ness” in order to exploit racist fears.
5. Actress Cameron Diaz is pretty sure she bought cannabis from rapper Snoop Dogg back when they went to high school together.
6. The DEA classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug (the most dangerous classification), which is defined as a drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according the to DEA’s very own website.
7. Since 1972 cannabis activists have been proposing to change the drugs Schedule I classification, as it clearly does have many valid medical uses. It still has yet to be changed though.
8. The US government actually holds patents for the medical use of cannabis. Go figure.
9. The University of Mississippi operates a legal 12-acre marijuana farm on behalf of, guess who? The United States government.
10. Over 800,000 people in the US are arrested each year thanks to cannabis.
11. Dr. James C. Munch, who was the “official expert” for the government on marijuana for over 20 years, testified under oath that he’d smoked it and it had turned him into a bat. Seriously.
12. Countless studies have shown that the use of cannabis is less dangerous than that of both alcohol and tobacco.
13. Currently 24 states in the US have legalized cannabis for medical use.
14. Medical marijuana isn’t a new thing here in the US either. Back in the mid-1800s cannabis medicines were very popular and were often prescribed to treat pain, nausea, cramps and more.
15. In Colorado there are more marijuana dispensaries than there are Starbucks and McDonald’s combined.
16. Research has indicated that nearly half of the people in the US have tried cannabis at least once.
17. In order to smoke a lethal amount of cannabis, research has shown that you’d theoretically have to inhale somewhere around 1500 pounds of the stuff in 15 minutes.
18. All of the top opponents of cannabis here in the US stand to suffer financial losses if the plant becomes legalized. But maybe that’s just a coincidence.
19. Musician Willie Nelson claims to have smoked cannabis on the roof of the White House.
20. America’s first cannabis related law was enacted it 1619. It actually required farmers to grow Indian hempseed.
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