Cannabis Time Capsule, 1904: Mexican duo terrorize after smoking a joint

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Here's one of the oldest examples of reefer madness we've dug up so far for Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule. This article, which ran August 24, 1904, in the Telluride Daily Journal (as well as several other small papers across the state later that week), frames marijuana as a plant that causes permanent psychosis.

Technically a wire story from the Mexican Herald, "Dangerous Mexican Weed To Smoke" details the afternoons of Manuel Guerrero and Florencio Pino, friends who enjoyed puffing on spliffs now and then.

According to the article, the two had been known around town in the weeks prior for twisting up "big cigarettes" full of tobacco and ganja. But one Tuesday, the two decided that they were putting too much 'baccy in their hooters and rolled up joints loaded with more pot than anything.

That -- according to this completely sensationalized and ridiculous article -- is when the shit hit the fan.

After finishing the joint, the two supposedly ran around the streets hand-in-hand (times were different), yelling and screaming obscenities and "attacking" passersby. At one point, the writer blames the evil, demon weed for making the pair boast that they were "the bravest men on earth" and that anyone who said differently was going to die right then and there>

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Some time into the ruckus, Pino came to the realization that, technically, there can be only one bravest man on earth at a time. Putting more thought into it, Pino decided that he was, in fact, braver than his friend. Guerrero, offended, responded with a punch and the two began kicking each other's ass.

At this point, it sounds like La Policia intervened and dragged them both to the hospital, where the article says they had to be restrained with straight jackets. For weed. And if that didn't send the anti-cannabis message home, the writer sort-of paraphrases some unnamed medical expert, who says that even if the two heal up from their fight with one another they still could "lose their minds permanently, as is often the case with marihuana smokers."

There's no mention of booze, but it sounds to us like the two were more likely hammered off tequila than somehow getting this high off of what was likely seeded bundles of fan leaves and tiny buds. No doubt there are scenarios like that playing out in Mexico right now, with drunk spring breakers pouring out of Margaritaville and Senor Frogs.

For more historical Colorado cannabis articles, check out our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule Archives.

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notfairusenowaynohow
notfairusenowaynohow

bad form, William.  


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aaronsawyersmom
aaronsawyersmom

clap clap clap clap clap clap clap


And now for something completely different.

There is an exciting "tv-news" article out of Denver designed to convince us all that marijuana is being marketed directly to children.  The thing is, it looks like the source in the article is a director at a major phama company and it looks like she is using her child as a marketing tool.  Maybe somebody should propose the state take Trey away from his mother?  I dunno, read the article and then read the comments.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/27/pot-ads-popping-up-cell-phone-texts/

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kelley-digby/6/874/75a


11er
11er

FAST FOWARD 110  YEARS  Same Old $hit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "There were 1,100 businesses out there unregulated," Cook said. "There was no oversight, no regulation. No one really knew what to do."

In 2010, longtime Department of Revenue enforcement official Matt Cook set about to craft legislation and a rule book governing the industry. Cook borrowed from laws regulating horse racing, casinos, alcohol — even card-dealing

The resulting playbook pleased neither law enforcement officers, who see no benefit to legalizing marijuana for any use, nor medical marijuana entrepreneurs, who thought the cost and difficulty of following the rules would run the industry into the ground

.http://www.denverpost.com/news/marijuana/ci_22858382/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-high-tech-tracking-system-unfulfilled


REGULATION WORKS!! ... for the regulators ... and those who crave the fist of government up their rectum!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This ALONE should repeal Amnd64 !!!

Why wasn't this brought to the voters attention ?

I just finished off a few bongs and NOW believe in jesus !

Does this mean I can be expecting a real replacement leg,  anytime soon ?

Above the Knee, Left , Size 10 1/2  -  11 1/2 and white if at all possible ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Proof that regardless of the epoch --  Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick ... stupid stoners aren't competent in rudimentary English, you don't really expect any second language skills, do you?


El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1       derp derp derp 

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay As long as we're criticizing the grammar, what's the deal with the headline?

"Mexican duo terrorize after smoking a joint"

Shouldn't there be an object after the verb "terrorize"? Terrorize who? Terrorize what? Or does he mean just "terrorize" in general everyone and everything?

Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotayLOL - Senior becomes senor. Now it's not even a real word. Improvement? Ich glaube nicht. Perhaps his editor called him up and told him to do something. I guess we shouldn't expect great English or Spanish skills out of someone who is paid to be stoned all the time. But somehow I can write properly stoned, and I don't even get paid. He gives us literate stoners a bad name.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick ... looks like Billy was working on Sunday and made an attempt at correction, but he apparently can't figure out how to get the eñe over the n ... even though you provided it for him to simply cut and paste.

B for effort
F for execution

For extra credit, he can help Michael calculate how many eighths are in an ounce.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Patrick  ... rather pathetic when paid "journalists" working for a commercial publication with paid editors on staff make -- and publish -- such obvious errors.


Patrick
Patrick

@DonkeyHotay Maybe he was really talking about elderly frogs. ¿Quien sabe?

stuka1
stuka1

@El_Derpo Oh, look, the Jackass' smarter sock! And a hearty herpaderpderp to you too!

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