Louis Armstrong performs in New York on March 12, 1941. Armstrong, a lifelong fan and defender of the drug he called "gange," was arrested in California in 1930 and given a six-month suspended sentence for pot possession.
This file image made from a film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during World War II, shows the title frame of the movie "Hemp for Victory." After Japanese troops cut off access to Asian fiber supplies during the war, it released the film urging farmers to grow hemp and extolling its use in parachutes and rope for the war effort.
A 1996 television ad aired by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole's campaign included footage from a 1992 MTV interview of President Clinton saying he would inhale marijuana if given the chance to relive his college days.
A marijuana smoker listens to a speaker during the "Smoke In" at Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park on July 4, 2000. Participants marched from the park to the Lincoln Memorial to support the legalization of marijuana.