Cannabis plants are believed to have evolved on the steppes of Central Asia, specifically in the regions that are now Mongolia and southern Siberia, according to Warf. The history of cannabis use goes back as far as 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops, according to information in the book “Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years” (Springer, 1980).
After this really long “trip” throughout the pre-modern and modern worlds, cannabis finally came to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. It arrived in the southwest United States from Mexico, with immigrants fleeing that country during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911.
From Asia to Europe
Cannabis came to the Middle East between 2000 B.C. and 1400 B.C., and it was probably used there by the Scythians, a nomadic Indo-European group. The Scythians also likely carried the drug into southeast Russia and Ukraine, as they occupied both territories for years, according to Warf’s report. Germanic tribes brought the drug into Germany, and marijuana went from there to Britain during the 5th century with the Anglo-Saxon invasions. [See map of marijuana’s spread throughout the world.]
Where did pot come from?
His seeds were allegedly traced to illegal cannabis-growing operations in Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Richard Troberman, Mr Emery's attorney, told the Associated Press news agency that his client would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in exchange for an agreed sentence of five years in prison.
Mr Emery's wife, Jodie Emery, called on other marijuana activists to shut down Hastings Street, a busy corridor in Vancouver, in protest at his extradition.
Canada's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been brought to the US where he is expected to plead guilty to selling marijuana seeds to US customers.
Mr Emery arrived in Seattle, Washington state, on Thursday and is expected to plead guilty on Monday.
He was ordered extradited by Canada's Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson on 10 May.
Marc Emery allegedly sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by post.
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Evidence of its presence is associated with the Mound Builders, pre-Columbian inhabitants of North America dating back to the period between 3,000 BCE and the 16th century CE, who lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions.
And, of course, the Vikings too attempted to colonise the New World. However, they could not adapt to living in the north and disappeared. Once there, they must have had to use and carry hemp grown in the New World because it was essential for sailing. No other fibre could be used for the sails and rigging and enable the boats to embark on such long journeys.
The hemp plant has played a key role in helping people survive throughout the million-year history of the human race and it has spread across the globe, helping us over millennia. However, not very much research has been carried out on this plant and there are relatively few records, due to the fact that its fibres rot very quickly.
Outside of the continent of Africa, cannabis has enjoyed a very close ethnobotanical relationship with humans for at least 1.7 million years during migrations. The use of this plant spread from one group to another.
The cave paintings at the Pedra Furada site in São Raimundo Nonato, east of Piauí in Brazil were discovered by a French-Brazilian team in 1973. Artefacts have been found dating from 32,000 up to 60,000 BCE, which suggest that humans from North Africa had travelled in what must have been thousands of rudimentary boats to the coast of present-day Brazil. All the while, the Clovis culture was developing in the north. There are even towns along the Atlantic coast that have African names.
The Phoenicians are Europeans