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Utah in the Weeds Episode #13 – History of Cannabis as Medicine in the US

Episode Audio

What You Will Learn in This Podcast

Who is Derek Anderson? [00:34]

The history of cannabis in America [11:46]

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Podcast Summary

Who is Derek Anderson? [00:34]

Derek was born in Idaho, spent time on the west coast, then moved to Utah after high school. He has a background in technology and IT.

He was involved with an incident with police officers in 2010, where the officers inflicted head and chest injuries on Derek. He spent eight days in a medically induced coma with 22 staples in his head. With the help of Medical Marijuana, Derek was able to heal his body 100%. He says cannabis allowed him to feel his body. 

Before this incident with the police, Derek went through a divorce, and experienced declines in mental health as a result. Derek began researching cannabis as a potential medicine. 

Now, Derek is focused on Utah cannabis education and cannabis consulting. He has also recently helped with their technology.  

The history of cannabis in America [11:46]

  • 1776 – Betsy Ross uses hemp to make the American flag
  • 1937 – First federal legislation to ban marijuana
  • 1943 – Law passes to ban doctors from prescribing marijuana
  • 1939-1945 – Hemp production increases to support World War II
  • 1962 – On July 16, Jim Truitt Kennedy, Mary Meyer, and President John F. Kennedy smoked marijuana together. The President smoked three of the six joints. 
  • 1964 – Discovery of the molecular structure of THC 
  • 1970 – The DEA classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. Nixon launches the War on Drugs.
  • 1987 – The “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” ad campaign launches
  • 1988 – The DEA chief is quoted saying that marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man
  • 1988 – Discovery of CBD one and CBD two cannabinoid receptors
  • 1991 – San Francisco legalizes Medical Marijuana
  • 1996 – California legalizes Medical Marijuana with Proposition 215
  • 2012 – Washington and Colorado legalize recreational use
  • 2014 – Utah and other states legalize Medical CBD
  • 2018 – Proposition 2 passes in Utah, legalizing Medical Marijuana

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