The cultivation of marijuana is not new; marijuana was used for pottery, food, rope and medicine even back in the stone age, however ancient Chinese medical text references the plant in the treatment of gout, rheumatism, and malaria. It was also used as an anesthetic for surgeries, too. And the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans relied on the marijuana plant in a wide variety of ways. Because of this, the planting and harvesting of cannabis eventually spread throughout Asia, the Middle East, African and India, and then the rest of the world. British colonies took advantage of hemp to produce textiles and as medicine, too. It is widely believed that Napoleon came back to France from Egypt in the 1677’s with some marijuana. Both George WA and Thomas Jefferson grew some sort of hemp on their plantations. Then by the mid eighteen hundreds, marijuana was considered a mainstream remedy. And so it’s surprising that this rise in acceptance came to a sudden halt. Many people just know that this was the result of proven research and drawback side effects. But really, the prohibition of cannabis originates in greed, racism and cultural warfare. It dates back to the Great Depression. In 1929, there was a growing fear and resentment toward foreigners. That’s because Randolph Hearst was making his money in the paper business. As hemp gave a cheaper and more readily available alternative, he sought to discredit marijuana. Suddenly, the newspaper he owned and operated often carried frequent stories blaming marijuana for Mexican guys losing their minds and committing murder. And then there were stories of marijuana causing men to become violent and rape women. Unfortunately, these fabrications were enough to turn popular opinion against marijuana.