Was cannabis the first ecommerce sale?

Well this is news to me. From the E-commerce  page at Wikipedia.org:

1971 or 1972: The ARPANET is used to arrange a cannabis sale between students at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, later described as “the seminal act of e-commerce” in John Markoff’s book What the Dormouse Said.

I’ve ordered the book because I really would like to know more about this, and I remember it being mentioned as influential in Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators.

I have read conflicting facts so if you have more info about the first ecommerce purcahse, please share.

Andrew @ EcomLoop
EcomLoop founder. I've worked in ecommerce since 2005, beginning with my own ebay store. I've run multiple independent ecommerce businesses on Magento, Joomla, and more recently, Shopify and WooCommerce. I believe marketplaces should be looked at as a sales channel and that all independent businesses should strive to build a direct connection with their audience for long-term success.

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