Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.
Chapter : U.S. and Iranian Leaders Remark on Attacks : January 3, January 8, and January 9, 2020
House Passes Landmark Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation : December 3, 2020
For the first time in history, on December 4, 2020, the House of Representatives passed legislation to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. The bill would not legalize marijuana use on the federal level but would instead leave it to the states to decide whether to permit recreational or medical use within their borders. The bill was not considered by the Senate. While it may be introduced in the new Congress in 2021, a slim majority in the House and 50–50 split in the Senate makes passage into law unlikely.
Nationwide Movement toward Legalization