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May 19, 2014

‘Reefer Madness’ at Oregon Law

Law library exhibition examines legal history of weed

Get high on knowledge about marijuana's controversial legal history at the University of Oregon School of Law. "Reefer Madness: The Legal History of the Loco Weed," the law library’s current exhibition, explains the legal efforts to manage the cultivation and use of the substance for the past several hundred years. 
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America has a long standing legal relationship with marijuana, dating all the way back to 1619 when the first cannabis-related law was enacted by the Virginia Assembly requiring all farmers to grow the plant. Nearly 400 years later, more than half of all drug related arrests involve marijuana. Weed has been hit by nearly every kind of law, including: international conventions, federal statuses, cases and regulations, state statuses and even county and municipal codes. Now that the law regarding marijuana is beginning to change as some states are experimenting with legalization, the "Reefer Madness" exhibition explores the history and background of how exactly marijuana became such a heavily controlled substance.

Learn more by visiting the Law Library on the second floor of the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibition runs through December 2014 and is free and open to the public. For law library hours, visit http://library.uoregon.edu/hours/law/month.

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