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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1922: $3 million worth of drugs seized in enormous "dope" raid

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By the 1920s, newspapers were no stranger to salacious stories about the evil scourge of drugs and their corrupting force. (Not much has changed, actually). This particular entry in our Cannabis Time Capsule series isn't so much a story, but a photo -- from the Wet Mountain Tribune out of Westcliffe from March 3, 1922 -- but it probably still brought home the message.

That said, it seems completely made-up.

The photo (which could possibly be a drawing) is pretty grainy, but you can make out about thirty long pipes at the bottom, a few glass vials, and boxes marked "opium" in vaguely Asian lettering. Because, you know, that's how illegal opium packages were shipped and all.

We'll let the photo tell the next 1,000 words:

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The caption reads: "A view of assorted narcotics--opium, hasheesh, morphine, heroin, and cocaine--with a number of opium smoking layouts destroyed the other day at police headquarters, New York. This 'dope' which was seized in recent raids by the anti-narcotic squad, could be sold for $3,000,000 to addicts at current illicit sale prices."

More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive: "Cannabis Time Capsule, 1901: German tourist encounters Egyptian 'hasheesh' den."



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BuddJones
BuddJones

Traci is the most amazing Budtender ever to cross the Continental Divide on a Harley in five hours while burning through two grams of Bubba Kush Hash and a Shake Salad. She loves her Herbal Remedies, mood candles, hairless cats, cannabis lotions, soaps, and cremes. Most 420 Guys find her irresistible and want her on the back of their motorcycle instead eating her dust (no pun intended).

The couple weekends I spent at her place revealed the true effects of marijuana on me every night. There was a marijuana plant in every room and marijuana seeds in every coffee cup and every other sentence she spoke was an explanation of "what is cannabis". She was serious about her pot and I'm not talking about the kind you cook with. Same for bowls, not the kind you eat cereal in but the kind you smoke lots of Medical Marijuana in.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Drugs Worth Three Millions [sic]" in 1922 ... that's like 3 BAZILLION in today's dollars !!


David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

At the time, Byers was running stories in the RMN lying about Denver to attract the RR's. It didn't work.

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