over 77 years of lies and mis-information
The Cannabis Press Association is an organization devoted to journalists that specialize in cannabis reporting. The CPA encourages fair and accurate reporting in cannabis journalism. To this end, the CPA provides background and research on cannabis issues and is available to answer questions from cannabis journalists. The CPA also provides press credentials for cannabis-related events. The CPA believes that free press is the foundation of our democracy. Since cannabis has been the subject of much misinformation in the press from the Reefer Madness years (1937) to the present, the Cannabis Press Association encourages its members to hold their reporting to the highest standards of truth and fairness.
CPA RULES OF ACCURATE CANNABIS REPORTING
Rule #1: Members of the Cannabis Press Association will use the word "cannabis" and not "marijuana", unless they are referring to a law or other writing that contains the word "marijuana."
"Marijuana" is a racist term invented during the 1920s "Reefer Madness" campaign to make people believe that it was some new drug that Mexicans were using and going out and raping white women. In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act was passed by the U.S. Congress, outlawing marijuana nationally. No one knew that "marijuana" was really "cannabis", a drug that had been in the US pharmacopeia until 1943. It was through the use of racist language that the government was able to demonize a plant that has been used by humans for food, fuel, fiber, paper and medicine for over 10,000 years.