It is well documented that numerous tribes throughout Africa have used cannabis for ceremonial and medical purposes, and for thousands of years. When Africans were taken from their native land, the seeds of the cannabis sativa plant arrived in the Americas aboard slave ships.
Marijuana took root in South America and the Caribbean from passing slave ships. Cannabis was quickly adopted as medicine by South Americans and spread north through Mexico, and then onto the US.
Cannabis was planted on plantations and has been enjoyed in America ever since.
Ironically, today in America, perhaps as punishment for bringing the ‘folk medicine’ — blacks are five times more likely to be convicted of a marijuana crime than whites. Black and white US population consume marijuana at an equal rate.
Those of Mexican or South American descent are 4 times as likely to be arrested for possessing cannabis than a white person.