In the Holy Bible Book of Genesis:

1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good…

So, if the “Creator” tells us that He has given us “herb bearing seeds” then no man should have the right to prohibit any of them from us.  God permits us to consume all plants with seeds.  Surely the Creator even gave us poison sumac and would not want us to consume it, but no government should have the right to prohibit the cultivation or consumption of that plant either.

Cannabis has become one of the most widespread and diversified of plants.  It grows as weed and cultivated plant all over the world in a variety of climates and soils.

Hemp fiber has been used for cloth and paper for centuries and was the most important source of rope until the development of synthetic fibers.

The seeds (or, strictly speaking, akenes – small hard fruits) have been used as food for centuries.

The oil contained in the seeds was once used for lighting and soap and is now sometimes employed in the manufacture of varnish, linoleum, and artists’ paints.

The cannabis or marijuana plant is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to humanity.  It is botanically classified as a member of the family Cannabaceae and the genus Cannabis.

The cannabis plant is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to humanity

The chemical compounds responsible for the intoxicating and medicinal effects are found mainly in a sticky golden resin exuded from the flowers on the female plants.

The most famous early users in the history of cannabis were the Hindus of India and Nepal.  Soma, a drug mentioned in early Hindu texts as an intoxicating hallucinogen, may have been a reference to cannabis.

Spreading with the Indo-Aryan culture from India outwards, cannabis was introduced to the Assyrians (Iraq/Syria), Scythians (Eurasian steppe), and Thracians/Dacians (Greece and the Balkans) in the 3rd and 2nd milennia BCE.

The shamans of the latter culture were called kapnobatai — “those who walk on smoke/clouds.”  They used burning cannabis flowers to induce a state of trance.  This practice is believed to have been inherited by Greek oracles and worshippers, including members of the cult of Dionysus.

Early users in the history of cannabis would have also been attracted to the plant by its positive medical properties, including the alleviation of pain, nausea, depression, and as an agent for encouraging the appetite.