A letter to the New-York Daily Times recommends "Cannabis Indica, the East Indian hemp, known most widely as Hesheesh," as "a sure counteractive to the poison of rabies."
A New York Times story describes cannabis as a medicine that "has been used...with great success in cases of dropsy."
The Times first mentions"the Marihuana," a "harmless-looking plant" that "sends its victims running amuck."
Congress approves the Pure Food and Drug Act. New York City requires a prescription for cannabis.
Massachusetts becomes the first state to ban marijuana.
The Harrison Narcotics Act bans the nonmedical use of opiates and cocaine.
"Marihuana Spreads Its Web in America."
Congress approves a federal ban.
Esther Sohl unsuccessfully mounts a "marihuana madness"defense in her murder trial.
Subway murder by a "marijuana-crazed Negro" reported by the Times.
"Experts Discount Marijuana as Big Factor in Crime, but Drive on It Will Be Pressed"
"'Normal' Children Yield to Narcotics" after smoking marijuana, says the Times. The Boggs Act prescribes a two-year mandatory minimum prison term for simple possession of marijuana.
Gallup finds 12 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal. A Times editorial says federal marijuana penalties are too severe.
President Ronald Reagan declares "war on drugs."
Support for legalization falls to 23 percent.
California becomes the first state to allow medical use of marijuana. The Times says the Clinton administration "has little choice" but to continue enforcing the federal ban there.
A National Academy of Sciences report says marijuana has medical utility and finds little evidance of serious side effects or a "gateway effect."
Support for legalization rises to 34 percent. The Times condemns the Bush administration's "benighted efforts" tostop legal medical use by "desperately ill patients."
Support for legalization rises to 44 percent. The Times praises the Obama administration for promising to leave medical marijuana suppliers alone in states where it's legal.
"Mexican, Crazed by Marihuana, Runs Amuck With Butcher Knife"
The Times covers the Panama Canal Zone study: "Marijuana Smoking is Reported Safe"
New York state bans marijuana. "Mexican Family Go Insane" after eating marijuana plants, according to...