"In the 1950s, the Narcotics Control Act and the Boggs Act stiffened penalties for marijuana possession, with first-time offenses requiring two to 10 year sentences and a minimum $20,000 fine, according to PBS.org. Penalties were relaxed in the 1970s, but President Ronald Reagan increased federal penalties for marijuana possession in the 1980s. On the federal level, marijuana is now regulated under the Controlled Substances Act as a schedule 1 drug, meaning the government considers it to have a high potential for abuse with no legitimate medical or therapeutic uses.
However, numerous states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana. As of early 2017, 26 states and the District of Columbia have legalized pot in some form of medical and/or recreational use, with other states soon to follow." "American History" LIVE SCIENCE Marijuana: Facts about Cannabis | Live Science We NEED #medicalfreedom NOW! #DecriminalizeIt #LegalizeIt #EndCannabisProhibition #EndtheDrugWar #EndQualifiedImmunity #EndNoKnockRaids #EndCivilAssetForfeiture #EndMandatoryMinimums