The healing properties of cannabis are not new, with use for medicinal purposes dating back almost 5,000 years. The oldest known evidence dates back to China in 2727 B.C. In ancient Egypt, cannabis was used by pharaohs, with cannabis pollen discovered on the mummy of Ramses II, who died in 1213 B.C. The use of cannabis for its medicinal properties spread to India in the 10th century B.C., Greece in the 2nd century B.C. and Rome in the 1st century A.D. The English colonists brought it to North America in the early 17th century.

George Washington and Napoleon, who brought cannabis back to France from Egypt, documented the healing benefits of the plant in the 18th century, noted its medicinal properties. In the mid 19th century, marijuana was well-documented in France, England, and the U.S. with regard to its ability to minimize or eliminate various physical, emotional and mental ailments.

In the early 20th century, several states in the U.S. passed marijuana prohibition laws.The government enacted a tax on marijuana prescriptions in 1937 and in 1942, it was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Through the 1950s and 1960s, laws were enacted to punish those harvesting or consuming the substance and in 1968, the University of Mississippi began cultivating the plant for the government. In 1988, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge ruled that therapeutic use of marijuana was recognized by portions of the medical community and that it met the necessary standards of other legal medications.

In 1976, a U.S. federal judge ruled that a man’s use of marijuana constituted a “medical necessity,” and this man began receiving medical marijuana supplies from the government, approved by the FDA. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana and over the past 17 years, eighteen other states followed.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

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