Cannabis Time Capsule, 1901: "Ganjah" upsetting banana and sugar plantations

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This week's medical marijuana dispensary review took us to Trenchtown, named for the famed Jamaican ghetto where Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and many other amazing musician to ever come from that country were born and raised. Most of us have the ganja-toking image of Jamaica thanks to them, actually.

But that doesn't mean Jamaica wasn't known for it's "ganjah" use well before then. As the 1901 article out of Ouray, Colorado below shows, its use was already highly popular among the East Indian imported labor.

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Typical for the time, the article, from the long-defunct Plaindealer, hypes a much-exaggerated account of getting stoned, though it does touch on some interesting historical points. Notably, it blames the Indian Rebellion of 1847 primarily on cannabis making the Sepoy Indians crazy. Really.

The war is usually described today as India's First War of Independence, as the reality was citizens there were sick of being under British rule.

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More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive: "1892: Curing corns with cannabis" and "1877: Amateur Philly pharmacist gives away "hasheesh" treatments."

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Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

Jamaican weed is pretty much shite compared with what we are acclimated to here in Denver.

DonkeyHotay
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Contrary to the LIES told by lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert !!


- Tickets for public pot use in Boulder QUADRUPLE since Amendment 64

Police, DA stress that marijuana use in public remains illegal

In the year since Amendment 64 legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Colorado, Boulder police have issued nearly four times as many tickets for smoking pot in public -- which is still illegal.

Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner said that while his officers have stopped ticketing people for mere possession of marijuana, more and more people have been smoking it in public since Amendment 64 was passed by voters.

"I think were seeing more public display and use of marijuana," Beckner said. "I don't know if people feel emboldened by the law or don't know that to display or consume marijuana in public is still illegal."

According to Boulder police records, 113 people have been ticketed so far in 2013 for public use of marijuana, compared to 29 in all of 2012.


Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said he's similarly seen an increase in public consumption of marijuana cases come through his office, which does not handle municipal tickets.

Garnett agreed with Beckner that it was probably a mix of people who didn't understand how Amendment 64 worked  and those who felt law enforcement didn't care after the measure passed. [ i.e. STUPID STONERS ]

The DA said he has reassured local law enforcement that he will prosecute their citations.

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