'We cannot understand yet, Mr Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for two years without any initiative, even to the profession, that it was being prepared... No medical man would identify this bill with a medicine until he read it through, because marihuana is not a drug, simply a name given to cannabis ...'
_ William C Woodward, American Medical Association
The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was published today. The act itself did not criminalise the possession or use but levied a tax equaling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in cannabis, hemp or marijuana.
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