One of the best indicators of the hysteria surround marijuana in the early
1900's is the 1936 classic film
The plot of this film involves two teenagers trying marijuana for the first
time and engaging in a crime spree afterwards that ends with lives off
all involved completely shattered due to their involvement with the drug.
With Colorado and Washington recently legalizing marijuana for recreational
use, marijuana is starting to shed its once "dangerous drug" shell.
Perceptions of Marijuana from 1913 to Present Day
In 1913, lore traveled from Mexico to El Paso detailing the story of a
man that went on a killing rampage after smoking marijuana. This story
led to Sheriff Stanley Good campaigning against marijuana in the city's
limits, claiming that the worst crimes committed in the city were a direct
result of the drug. In 1915, Good's efforts paid off, and marijuana
was banned in El Paso.
Marijuana continued to be used for medical purposes, but when
Reefer Madness made it to the big screen, popular opinion agreed that marijuana was the
cause of major crime. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was implemented in
order to restrict marijuana production and increase criminal penalties
for those that were caught with the drug. By 1942, it was no longer being
used for medical purposes.
In 1970, Congress implemented the Controlled Substances Act which led to
the federal regulation of all drugs, including marijuana. This act was
strengthened when the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act was implemented to increase
the mandatory sentencing for drug crimes across the United States.
Currently, marijuana is decriminalized in many different states and completely
legal in two. Texas law, however, still looks harshly upon marijuana usage.
Possession, sale, distribution, possession of paraphernalia, or having
hash or concentrates can be charged as a felony crime depending on the
amount in a person's possession. Any amount of marijuana can result
in a criminal record, time in jail, and fines.
Marijuana carries harsher penalties in Texas than in many areas of the
United States. If you or a loved one have been charged with a marijuana
crime, have the attorneys at Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC by your side. We can
help reduce or eliminate charges related to your charge and keep Texas's
criminalization of marijuana from having a long-tern consequences on your life.