The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana

The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana

The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana. In 1971 or 1972, students at Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory used ARPANET—the earliest iteration of the Internet—to arrange a marijuana deal with their counterparts at the MIT. Ever since the 1970s, drug users have employed chemistry and telecommunications to stay several steps ahead of the law.

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