Prior to 1937, marijuana was considered medicine, and its versatile parent plant, hemp, was grown and refined for the production of paper, textiles, clothing, biofuels and more.

But that all changed with a variety of state and federal bans, and today, most cannabis products remain illegal, at least at a federal level.

When Prohibition hit, the federal government instructed pharmacists and homeowners to dispose of their now-illegal inventories of tinctures and elixirs.

Most did, but not everyone got the message, or cared to follow the rules.

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Linda Ball ~ Spokesman.com

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