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Law Library Offers Free Marijuana … Exhibit

Zig zag on down to the Law Library to see a newly installed exhibit entitled “Reefer Madness: The Legal History of the Loco Weed.” The display will elevate your knowledge of legal efforts to manage the cultivation and use of the substance for the past several hundred years.

The first cannabis-related law in America was enacted in 1619 by the Virginia Assembly, requiring all farmers to grow the plant. But nearly 400 years later, over half of all drug arrests are for marijuana.

The exhibit documents how virtually every facet of the law has been used to regulate access to the demon weed, including international conventions; federal statutes, cases, and regulations; state statutes, cases, and regulations; and even county and municipal codes.

The exhibit coincides with current movements in several states to enact laws and develop policies that legalize marijuana.

Learn more by visiting the Law Library on the second floor of the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibit runs through December 2014 and is free and open to the public. For Law Library hours, visit

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