This month in cannabis history, quite a lot of stuff — political and otherwise — went down.

In this series, we’ll guide you through a timeline of ignorance, denial, and ultimately, legalization. Let’s begin.


This month in 1992

In 1992, a federal program providing certain patients with medical marijuana closed for good. The Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, aka Compassionate IND, was terminated in March of that year, although thirteen patients from the program were grandfathered in. They continued to use what’s basically federal weed; according to Wikipedia, there are still four such patients living today.

This month in 1993

In 1993, cannabis advocate Irvin Rosenfeld — who claims to have set a record by smoking 115000 joints in 28 years — spoke before the American Medical Student Association about medical applications for cannabis.

After Rosenfeld’s speech, the 48,000 medical students and residents unanimously endorsed the idea of re-scheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, generally reserved for less dangerous drugs.

This month in 1998

This one’s kind of a twofer: both 1998 and 1999. Back in November 1998, Alaskans voted to decriminalize cannabis across the state. Their decision went into effect the next March, in 1999, although it took another 16 years for voters to legalize recreational marijuana.

This month in 1999

In March 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences released their report, specially ordered by the federal drug czar, on the pros and cons and possible uses of cannabis.

According to, the report stayed pretty much neutral, which is about as much as anyone could’ve hoped for. [Image Credit]

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