Did you know ?
Cannabis were pretty much leagal in India till 1985 until an NDPS act by the govt categorised it as hardcore drug.
USA back then started a campaign against this and enforced upon the world to do the same. Particularly in states this was partly motivated by Mexican immigration to the states. Police officers in Texas claimed that marijuana incited violent crimes, and it gave its users superhuman strength. Yes, that's what they claimed - superhuman strength.
Even when there was no evidence to claims of marijuana causing such issues, it was banned by almost 29 states back then. This laws started to soften in many states in states after some time specially when white, upper-middle-class college students were found consuming this.
Intresting fact : According to Indian mythological book, Atharva Veda, hemp is supposedly one of the five sacred plants mentioned.