CannaBlog post #1: The legal cannabis movement has come a long way

July 17, 2017

In the 1960s, right here in California, two convictions for possession of marijuana could land you 20 years in state prison. Soon after, strict enforcement of cannabis laws became a staple of the now widely-debunked War on Drugs. Pleas to legalize continuously fell on deaf ears. The first recorded act in the effort to legalize cannabis in California happened in 1964, when Lowell Eggemeier led the one-man “puff-in.” Eggemeier walked into the San Francisco Hall of Justice, lit a joint, took a long draw, and blew the smoke directly into the face of an incredulous officer. Eggemeier declared that he was starting a campaign to legalize cannabis, and that he came to be arrested. The SFPD indulged this request, and he was convicted of a felony. With intentions similar to Eggemeier’s, several years later, the group LeMar (Legalize Marijuana) was formed. With an original slogan of “Pot is Fun,” LeMar was a small, unorganized group of cannabis enthusiasts unified with the lofty goal of making cannabis available for all. Today, even with the 2016 passage of CA prop 64, The Adult use of Marijuana Act, there is much work to be done. The War on Drugs continues, despite statewide legalization, as municipalities reserve the right to ban cannabis sales and criminalize patients and vendors. 

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