The coffee break, the smoke break and the happy hour are established   drug routines.   Each  of these drugs had a volatile ride in the past.   Then there are aspirins and pain killer and in America the  opioid crisis,  with nearly 50,000 deaths on an annual basis. Cannabis  can address pain without the debilitating side effects caused by many traditional pharmaceuticals. In America, with Goldman Sacks on the sidelines, sofar limited to Canadian tie ups,  and breathing  down the neck of politicians and the DEA: rescheduling of Marijuana is on the cards. It should have never been lumped together with heroin and cocaine- but now that dispensiaries are becoming a more familiar sight on American streets,  the DEA has increased their annual order of marijuana for research purposes, drastically,   from 1000 lbs to 5400.  The quality of the weed they provide for official research purposes  , ie CDB and THC contents, will hopefully be better than in the past. Statistics confirm that states with medical marijuana  have a  considerable, up to  25% lower death rate from opiods.  

Anslinger's 1937 marijuana Tax Act
Had three drivers on state levels: fear of substitution, distrust of crazy Mexicans ,and the special case of Mormon’s Utah.

It seems one of the key drivers on state level ( in the north eastern States) after the Harrison Tax Act ( which only focused on Opium/morphine and cocaine)  in the run up to the 1937  Marijuana  Tax ACT -has come full circle: I’m   talking about the fear that drug addicts and     alcoholics might turn to marijuana once their  ‘old’ drugs are no longer available. It was this fear that led to anticipatory state laws.  Apart from some musician in New York nobody knew anything about marijuana in that part of  the U.S.

The difference: today officals reluctantly  welcome marijuana is the lesser of two evils and might keep users off the hard stuff.

Contrary to the popular opinion, marijuana  legislation did not start with  Anslinger’s  (shameful) tax Act of August 1937 but had evolved on state levels in the preceding 20 years. The MTA of 37 only  framed them  on a nationwide, federal level.

The Southwestern States and the Rocky Mountains were directly experiencing   the inflow of thousands of Mexican immigrants, mostly lower class, who brought marijuana  with them. The distrust and dislike against these crazy Mexicans informed and shaped the early Marijuana laws in thes states.

Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law, USC Law School A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference at