An Archaeology of Marijuana

How did cannabis — a plant humans have been using for more than 10,000 years — become so vilified in the U.S.?

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Nov 17, 2020 · 8 min read
A group in front of the White House, holding a banner that says “5 million marijuana arrests”
A group in front of the White House, holding a banner that says “5 million marijuana arrests”
In Washington, D.C., people rally for the legalization of marijuana at a “smoke-in” held in April 2016 in front of the White House. Photo: Susan Melkisethian via Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Stephen E. Nash

In June, the recreational and medical marijuana industry in my home state of Colorado reached US$199 million in monthly sales, a new record.

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