Considering the topic of Oaksterdam was quite difficult because it is known for marijuana a drug that many use but I do not. I was mostly influenced to write about Oaksterdam because a very close friend of mine was deeply involved with the company. This led to my curiosity to learn more about the company and its history.
     Back in the year 1937 the government passed the Marijuana Tax Act. This act forbade hemp farming in the Unites States without a license from the Treasury Dept. Du Pont files patent for nylon.
     As the decades go on, during the 1970s, congress passes the Controlled Substances Act. This is to replace the MTA and launch national commission on drugs. By this time marijuana is the most restricted class of drugs pending a report from the national commission. The DEA was then put in charge of rescheduling drugs based on scientific research. The social use of cannabis during the 1970s received widespread acceptance and led to a policy of legal decriminalization that ultimately sweeps the United States.
     President Richard Nixon declared “War on Drugs” sealing off Mexican borders with Operation Intercept, thus lead to domestic cultivation taking root in the United States. The government sponsored studies claimed to show new risks from marijuana smoking.
     By the time of the 1980s the Reagan/Bush war on cannabis said the “Head shops” that sold smoking apparatus were outlawed. Imposing on this was urine testing, decriminalization, asset and property seizure, the armed forces, prison camps, Just Say No, PDFA, DARE, tobacco and nuclear subsidies, etc. This led to the beginning of indoor gardening on a national level. In 1988 the DEA’s chief administrative judge ruled that the government should allow marijuana’s medical use, and in 1989 the price for an ounce of cannabis was higher than gold. Marijuana was the biggest cash crop in multiple states.
     During the 1990s voters passed regional medical cannabis measures. The interest in that and in the industrial hemp added new support to campaign for legal right to social use, thus leading to the Hemp Movement taking off. The Human Rights and the Drug War project launched in 1995. In the year 1996 California passed Proposition 215 stating that medical marijuana legalized. The Federal and state law enforcement agencies began criminal conspiracy to overturn the law and undermine the will of the voters. California law enforcement agreed to ignore State Constitution and the separation of powers. There was a claim that the federal law overridden state law, which the US Supreme Court had finally rejected in 2010 in the San Diego v California case.
     Around the year 2000 former cannabis consumer Al Gore refused to support medical marijuana. Gore lost the White House bid to former cocaine abuser and alcoholic George W. Bush. Bush later launched a new crackdown on medical use.
The San Francisco County Supervisors and the City Council of West Hollywood passed LLEP measures for possessions. Voters in the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Saint Monica also passed LLEP measures.

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1. Conrad, Chris. Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum, “History: Cannabis Chronolgy.” Accessed April 16, 2013.