The cultivation of marijuana is not new, but there is a good deal of evidence to support the theory that marijuana was once used for pottery, food, rope and even medicine during the stone age… Ancient Chinese medical text also references the plant in the treatment of gout, rheumatism, and even malaria. It was also used as an anesthetic for surgeries in some cases! The Egyptians, Greeks, plus Romans relied on the marijuana plant in a wide variety of different ways. And because of this, the planting and the harvesting of cannabis eventually spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and India, and then in North America to Europe. British colonies took advantage of hemp to produce textiles and to use as medicine. It is widely believed that Napoleon came back to France from Egypt in the 1780’s with some marijuana. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp on their farm plantations. By the mid eighteen hundreds, marijuana was considered a mainstream remedy for many ailments, so it is surprising that this rise in acceptance came to a sudden halt. Many people just believe that this was the result of proven research plus side effects. However, the prohibition of cannabis originates in greed and cultural warfare. It dates back to the Great Depression. See, in 1929, there was a growing fear and resentment toward foreigners. Hearst was making money in the paper business, and as hemp gave a cheaper plus more readily available alternative, he sought to discredit marijuana. Suddenly, the newspaper carried frequent stories blaming marijuana for Mexican boys losing their minds and then murdering people. There were also stories of marijuana causing boys of color to become violent and rape pale white ladies! Unfortunately, these fabrications were enough to turn popular opinion against marijuana.