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      How long have people been using marijuana across the globe?

      People from all across the globe have been using hemp or cannabis for at least the past 10 millenia. Archaeologists have discovered hemp cord in ancient pottery that dated over 10,000 years ago in Taiwan. Cannabis seeds and the it’s oil have been used for food in China in 6000 BC. Bhang, which is dried cannabis leaves is recorded in an ancient Hindu text which dates as far back as 2000 BC. The ancient Greek Herodotus mentions the recreational use of marijuana by the Scythians in 430 BC. The first recorded use of medical medical marijuana was by a Chinese surgeon by the name of HuaTuo in 200 AD when he used it as an anesthetic.

      When did cannabis start getting criminalized in America?

      Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America. The early settlers were growing hemp to make supplies such as rope, sails, and clothing. There were actually marijuana plantations in various states such as California and Mississippi in 1800. Cannabis was added to the United States Pharmacopoeia which is a collection of drug information for medicine. From 1850 to 1915, it was possible to purchase marijuana and general stores and pharmacies. U.S. regulations against cannabis started appearing in 1906 with the Pure Food and Drug Act. Using marijuana in America started to become criminal in 1914 with the Harrison Act.

      Why did doctors oppose the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937?

      Marijuana prohibition against non-medical use starts in 1915. Ironically California was the first state to prohibit weed due to the fact that Mexican immigrants brought with marijuana in with them. In 1933, the United States ended alcohol prohibition but four years later would completely prohibit weed even for medical use. American legislators passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 which would put a tax on physicians and pharmacies prescribing cannabis. The American Medical Association (AMA) was opposed to this law due to the tax imposed.

      Which people were instrumental in the prohibition of cannabis?

      The passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 has kind of a shady background. Henry Anslinger was the nation's first anti-drug king and he helped author the Marijuana Tax Act. He had help from some pretty deep pockets with the likes of William Hearst and the DuPont company. Both William Hearst and the DuPont company had financial interest in the paper industry. Hemp, cannabis ruderalis, was recognized as a serious competitor to their money making dynasties. These two were instrumental in influencing Anslinger in creating the Marijuana Tax Act; which would be later replaced by the Controlled Substance Act of 1970.

      When did the CIA start experimenting with marijuana as a truth serum?

      Even though marijuana was illegal for U.S. citizens, the CIA started experimenting in 1942 with a very potent extract of cannabis for used as a truth serum. It wasn't until 1972 when California voted to legalize marijuana with proposition 19 but it was rejected by a pretty decent margin. The U.S. federal government created the Investigational New Drug Compassionate Use program which allowed patients to receive up to 9 pounds of medical marijuana per year paid for by federal tax dollars.

      What was the first cannabis dispensary in the United States?

      Even though proposition 19 was unsuccessful in California in 1972, it would be the first state to allow medical marijuana with the passing of proposition 215 (Compassionate Use Act of 1996) in 1996. It is kind of interesting that the first marijuana dispensary actually opened before that in San Francisco in 1992. The first cannabis dispensary in the United States was the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club.

      What was the first recreational marijuana dispensary?

      President Obama made recommendations to the U.S. Justice Department in 2009 not to go after medical marijuana patients and cannabis dispensaries that were in compliance with state laws. A year later, Marc Emery, from Canada was sentenced to five years in Seattle for being the biggest seller of marijuana seeds. Colorado and Washington become the first states to legalize recreational cannabis in 2012. Cannabis City becomes Seattle's first marijuana dispensary where people could buy pot for recreational use. Two years later, Alaska and Oregon would vote to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

      Which country was the first country to make cannabis legal nationwide?

      Marijuana is rapidly becoming pretty mainstream worldwide. As of 2018, there are 29 medical marijuana states and nine states in the U.S. that allow for the sale of recreational pot. Uruguay was the first country to make cannabis legal nationwide. Canada is poised to open a national recreational marijuana market later this year which would be a huge game changer for the cannabis industry. California has started the sale of recreational cannabis and it will replace Colorado as the new marijuana tourist destination. California will now be known for spectacular marijuana along with its almonds and citrus fruits. It is an interesting time for the cannabis industry as many pro-weed changes are happening worldwide.

      How big is marijuana production in the United States?

      It is estimated that marijuana production in the U.S. is approximately $35.8 billion. Weed is the biggest cash crop right now surpassing corn by $12 billion. Gone are the days of dealing pot in a back alley and possibly getting ripped off with oregano. Marijuana has become big business and many investors with deep pockets or getting into the production of cannabis in California since recreational weed was made legal starting in 2018.

      Does it make any sense that cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug?

      With that being said, the federal government has a watchful eye on the cannabis industry and marijuana entrepreneurs risk violating federal law if they cross state lines. The DEA has repeatedly rejected recommendations to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 from the medical community. Schedule 1 which basically means that cannabis has absolutely no medical application and represents a high potential for abuse. That is the major reason why the United States is not the leader in medical marijuana research. This is ironic since cannabis-related pharmaceuticals have been available for quite some time.

      Which country is the leader in medical marijuana research?

      Israel is the current leader in medical marijuana research and has been for the past 50 years. The psychoactive cannabinoid THC and the endocannabinoid system in the human body was discovered in Israel. In 1963, a young Israeli researcher by the name of Dr. Mechoulam used 11 pounds of hashish to identify and isolate the psychoactive compound that we know as THC. Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Israel but they were one of the first countries to legalize weed for medicinal use. American companies involved in medical marijuana research are actually doing the beginning phases of their clinical trials in Israel speeding up the process of FDA approval for cannabis-based drugs.

      How can I find a cannabis dispensary near me?

      This cannabis industry is just getting started and dispensaries are flourishing. So how do I find these marijuana dispensaries near me? Well, it is easy on FindDankWeed if you select your area and the options of what you are looking for on the map. The site also offers a great knowledge base of topics related to marijuana. Our site also allows you to search for other businesses that play a significant role in the cannabis industry.

      How many species of cannabis are there?

      Before you visit a marijuana dispensary, it would be useful to know some basics on cannabis strains and general terminology. There are three major types of cannabis species: cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis which is also known as hemp. Sativas will generally give you more of an energetic head high as opposed to indicas which are known to give users more of a body high. You may also hear the term kush which is a subset of indicas. There are many marijuana strains out there and most of them are named for their flavor and aroma.

      How can a budtender at a marijuana dispensary help you?

      Remember that you can always ask the staff in a cannabis dispensary. They are also known as “budtenders” and should be source of knowledge for the various marijuana products in their dispensary. Ask questions at your marijuana dispensary to see which cannabis strains or other marijuana-related products are right for you. A budtender will also be able to tell you the effects a user would from a certain kind of weed strain.

      What to know before visiting a recreational cannabis dispensary?

      Now that I am equipped with a little knowledge about cannabis, how do I go about finding a recreational marijuana dispensary near me? FindDankWeed offers really cheap listings for dispensaries so it is a great place to start to find the nearest recreational cannabis dispensary to your location. For a recreational dispensary, you have to be at least 21 years of age and you must provide a photo ID. Also bring cash as many weed dispensaries can accept debit or credit cards due to federal banking restrictions. In 2018, there are nine states where you can find recreational marijuana dispensaries: Alaska, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

      Do I need a current weed card before I visit a medical marijuana dispensary?

      I am interested in getting some medical marijuana so how do I find medical weed dispensaries near me? Well, you must first have a current medical marijuana recommendation before you even try to visit a medical cannabis dispensary. The recommendation should not be expired so if yours is, should get a renewal on your weed card. Do not show up to a medical marijuana dispensary without one because you will be turned away at the door. Every medical marijuana state has their own qualifying factors or medical conditions that allow a patient to be granted a medical marijuana recommendation, which is also known as a cannabis card or a weed card.

      How can I find a doctor that can give me a medical marijuana recommendation?

      So how do I get a weed card? In order to get a current medical marijuana recommendation, you will need to visit any one of the medical marijuana doctors listed on FindDankWeed. Do a little research on the qualifying factors in your medical marijuana state as it varies from state to state. Bring cash to the cannabis clinic as many of them do not accept debit or credit cards. It does not hurt to bring in medical documentation to support your case.

      Let’s say I am ready to explore the world of marijuana and all of the wonderful cannabis products that are out there on the market today. Whether I am looking for a cannabis storefront or a marijuana delivery service, I can use FindDankWeed to find a number of weed dispensaries near me. Weed shops only take cash as federal banking regulations still prohibit cannabis-related businesses.

      Is cannabis delivery allowed in states where recreational weed is sold?

      California is really the only state that does not prohibit marijuana delivery weed shops. There is some legislation in Colorado that might make cannabis delivery legal in that state. Cannabis delivery is not legal in Washington but it does allow people 21 years and older to deliver up to one-half ounce of recreational marijuana in the form of sharing.

      Here are some important things to be aware of when you are purchasing your recreational marijuana. The tax imposed on cannabis sales may not cheap! In California, you can expect to pay about $8 more for an eighth then you normally would have paid before 2018. There are also licensing costs that a dispensary needs to cover in California. For example, all recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries need to pay a 15% tax specifically on cannabis products statewide and this is not counting any county level taxes.

      What not to do with your weed after you leave a recreational marijuana dispensary...

      The big difference between coffee shops in Amsterdam and the cannabis dispensaries in the U.S. is that you cannot start smoking your weed in a dispensary. It is still not legal to consume cannabis in public places and you are likely to attract unwanted attention in doing so. Do not eat or smoke any cannabis products while you were driving in a car. In fact it is for even the passenger to be consuming any marijuana in the car either. It is still technically illegal to bring weed into any federal land such as national parks. If you plan on taking your weed across state lines, this is a violation of federal law. This is especially true if you cross into a state that is not so marijuana-friendly. Make no mistake that cannabis is still very much illegal under federal law and is definitely not allowed in any federal buildings. This means that you should not try to bring any weed products with you to an airport.

      Happy hunting for your weed and finding the right cannabis dispensary for you! Please give our marijuana dispensary finder a try and put your comments below.


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