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Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule, 1939: "Marijuana ring is broken by arrest of five at Longmont"

In doing research for our feature on the history of cannabis in Colorado, we came across some amazing old news stories from local papers about marijuana arrests and more. We'll share the most memorable of them in our quasi-regular feature, Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule. Today's item, from November 24, 1939: "Marijuana Ring is Broken by Arrest of Five at Longmont"

MEXICANS ARE SELLING WEED TO YOUR WHITE CHILD! That might as well have been the headline on this gem of a sensational Denver Post article from 73 years ago, almost to the day. The story, quite literally filed under "crime never pays," is about how a "dope ring" of five Mexicans corrupted local youth and sold marijuana to boys.

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Two men (identified as Mexican tenants on a farm "northeast of here") were given six months in jail after being busted in the act of selling by the then-Boulder County sheriff George Richart. The other three men, residents of Pueblo between the ages of 22 and 40, were given three months' suspended sentences, with the condition that they leave the country. It's almost surprising the judge didn't order them tarred and feathered

The article frames the sellers as having forced "young boys" in the community into growing the marijuana for them in the middle of an alfalfa field. Young boys, mind you, between the ages of 17 and 25 -- so, not really young boys at all. Also, note that one of the accused Mexican sellers was only 22 but was not grouped in with the so-called victims.

For their part in the crime, the "young boys" were sent to the state reformatory (then outside of Buena Vista) for six months. There, they blamed their criminal behavior on the use of "the highly-intoxicating" drug.

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The boys apparently weren't too shabby at farming herb, either. The story talks about how the sheriff found about fifteen pounds of herb at the time of the arrest. They valued the haul at $7,275, which adjusted to today's dollar would be more than $121,000. Keep in mind that they based that on joints selling for a nickel a pop and a cigar tin selling for about $1.

And just like today, the police back then loved to tout their busts as being more important than they really were. From the article: "The conviction of the marijuana-selling trio will help do away with a great deal of crime which has prevailed in Longmont and vicinity during the last year, according to authorities."

More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule: "Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule, 1937: "School Children Buy Drug""; "Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule, 1937: "A growing social menace""


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

" Legalization is not what this is.

... it would be inaccurate to call it legalization."

 

 -- Steve Fox, author of A64 at legislative hearing.

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

I see the delusional fuckwites (AKA Pot Clowns) are still campaigning against A64.  Didn't you guys get the memo that YOU LOST.  The election is OVER.

 

Donkey and crew are worse than Randolph and Mortimer Duke.

 

"I want trading reopened right now. Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on! Turn those machines back on!"

 

Karl Rove Election 2012 Breakdown aka Trading Places "turn the machines back on!!"

http://youtu.be/dsPgIMBkD4A

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 

 

The Department of Justice's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department is reviewing the ballot initiative here and in other states and has no additional comment at this time.

-- Emily Langlie, Spokesperson U.S. Attorney's Office:

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

And here we are SEVENTY fucking THREE years later, and even with the pathetic A64 these Marijuana Growers would STILL be arrested and prosecuted!

 

They not only exceed the piteously puny limit of 1 (one) ounce ... but were also growing more than 3 plants ... and they were $elling .... and horror of horrors distributing to "boys" under the tender age of 21 ... ALL OF WHICH are NOT LEGAL under the worthless turd that is A64 !!

 

Cowardly Pot Clowns DESERVE the Laws they Settle For !!

 

A64 = Epic Fail!

 

Kevins_Mom
Kevins_Mom

Wow! Just like amendment 64 treats everyone under 21 as children in danger of evil weed. Some things never change.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt 

 

Kevin what did I "LOSE" with passage of A64? 

 

Are you saying that since I voted no I am not covered equally to you by the amendments passage? 

 

If you "won" --  so did everyone. 

 

When you say "you lost", deal with it--you make no sense. 

 

And when the courts rule--Donkey is right--we ALL lose. 

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay Yes it does remain unchanged... the fed is STILL DOING NOTHING. Exactly the same as they have done since the David Ogden Memo in 2009.

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay Smoking another joint with my rights protected under the Colorado Constitution!  Smoke a bowl, jackass.

Monkey
Monkey

 @Kevins_Mom I think it's funny that alcohol prohibition never outlawed possession, but the first thing they did with weed was prohibit possession. I love when people say the ounce A64 allows them is the end of prohibition, when during alcohol prohibition you could possess as much as you want. According to Wikipedia at least, Colorado didn't even have an age limit for drinking until 1945, 12 years after prohibition ended, and it was 18. But possession of weed in Colorado became a crime in 1929 I believe, during alcohol prohibition, when people could possess as much alcohol as they wanted.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

 @KathleenChippi "Kevin what did I "LOSE" with passage of A64? "

 

You didn't want A64 to pass.  I did want A64 to pass.  

 

A64 passed.  You lost.

 

"If you "won" --  so did everyone. "

 

No, the Donkey wanted to keep marijuana 'decriminalized' and maintain the mandatory court appearance and $100 fine for possession of < 1 oz and 18 months in jail for cultivation of 6 plants (3 flowering) or less.

 

Yes, I know donkey, up to 2 oz is 'decriminalized'.

 

In the sense that those penalties no longer apply, donkey lost.

 

Nice try, cutie.

 

 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@KathleenChippi @kevin_hunt Lighten up, Chippi.

The donkey abuses me all of the time and I don't whine about it.

Please feel free to insult me, if you wish.   Anyone that posts at Westword should be used to it by now.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@kevin_hunt @KathleenChippi ---whats your obsession with sexist comments : cutie, tuts, tits etc.  do you have a problem?  

 Should I respond in the like with comments like dickless?  

I hope your house is clean.................

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kevin_hunt  @KathleenChippi 

 

And cowardly shiteater KevinKunt not only wanted to maintain the mandatory court appearance and $100 fine for possession of < 1 oz and 18 months in jail for cultivation of 6 plants (3 flowering) or less for EVERYONE under 21 years old ... he wanted that group of citizens who represents nearly 50% of the total arrests for marijuana crimes in Colorado to permanently suffer arrest and prosecution, so he voted to enshrine that discrimination and hatred into the State Constitution via A64 like the prohibitionist maggot that he is.

 

ويمكن وضع فتوى على رأسك بائسة، الكافر.

 

 

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

 @DonkeyHotay donkey so gay. we have fun!! you don't !!!!!  lol buggin is is your fun and YOU woke up in the Twilight Zone this morning . how is it there? mind sayin hi to the Ayatollah LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @barbarian.bob1  Oh lookie here -- it's 3-Plant Farmer Bob.

 

How's that huge crop coming?

 

LOL!

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

 @Monkey i think the cops would have to prove  you didnt grow it no matter if you transport i or whatever and jurys wouldn't convict so if the cops got pushy they couldn't convict anyway

Monkey
Monkey

 @barbarian.bob1  True, but growing must be in an enclosed, locked space. Residential locations usually have restrictions for building a large greenhouse in the backyard. And you can't leave the location you grew that weed with more than an ounce I think. What will happen when someone pulls down a multiple pound harvest and has to move? Will they be required to move it one ounce at a time? And when they get it to their new place, is it illegal since they didn't grow it there? If the harvest can't be transported, does that mean the property itself is in possession of the harvest, and owned by the property owner? I will use that rule to my advantage for sure, but I can also see how it might screw with some people. 

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