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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1951: Early drug warrior warns of reefer-peddling teens

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Former Senator Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn.
In the early 1950s, a U.S. senator from Tennessee named Estes Kefauver wanted to make a name for himself. The guy had high aspirations, after all, and fancied himself presidential material.

And what better way to do that than to scare the living crap out of the American public with tales of gambling and dope addicts, using the relatively new medium of TV news, then turning around and being the guy who fixes everything.

By 1951, Kefauver saw a major problem in drugs and crime and he began a string of Senate hearings that were among the first live broadcasts of government in action in the United States. He dragged in mob bosses, politicians and even wrecked the lives of former governors of New York and New Jersey. Some credit the senator with introducing what we know today as the "mafia" to our common collective knowledge. Kefauver was a honey badger, he didn't give a fuck.

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He became a hotshot celebrity by appealing to the American public as a white knight of clean livin' and, in many ways, was the forerunner to the U.S. drug policies that followed and led to the War on Drugs as we know it.

Which is probably why a column about the guy appeared in this February 8, 1951 edition of the Steamboat Pilot. Now, Kefauver's anti-gambling and anti-pot stance isn't anything new, but we couldn't resist sharing this awesomely old-timey 1950s vernacular:

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It's safe to say -- with legal gambling in twenty states and "dope" being sold legally to adults in medical and recreational states across the country today -- that Kefauver wouldn't be a very happy old man if he were still around.

For more historic cannabis stories from classic Colorado newspaper articles, check out our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archives.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

2014 Drug Warriors Still Attacking Marijuana Users !!


** CRACKDOWN on Patients and Caregivers ***


Colorado health officials on Friday announced a new crackdown on medical marijuana patients whose doctors have given them permission to grow more than the standard number of marijuana plants.


Starting Monday, the Colorado Health Department will send out letters to doctors who recommended the elevated plant counts and the patients who benefit, requiring them to provide more documentation on the need for the extra plants.


Dr. Larry Wolk, the department's executive director, said doctors must provide not only medical information about the patients that caused the elevated recommendations but also studies showing that the patients' conditions require more medical marijuana than average.


[ hey fucktard, the Constitution doesn't say more than average, the word average isn't even in the amendment. ]


Colorado's constitutional medical marijuana provision limits patients to six plants each unless "greater amounts were medically necessary to address the patient's debilitating medical condition."


"We need information," Wolk said. "The constitution says 'medically necessary.' "


[ hey asswipe, the Constitution doesn't give the CDPHE any ENFORCEMENT authority, it merely creates a PASSIVE REGISTRY, no different than the County Clerk in every county who merely accept documents for recording -- mortgages, deeds of trust, promissory notes, marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc --  they do NOT review, approve or reject the contents of those documents ]


Wolk made the announcement Friday at a Health Department-hosted town hall meeting on medical marijuana. 


Also during the meeting, he unveiled a proposed bill that would strictly limit medical marijuana caregivers — people who grow cannabis for patients who can't grow for themselves — to serving only five patients and growing no more than six plants per patient. Caregivers can currently apply for a waiver to serve more than five patients.


The announcements brought an angry response from the crowd. One medical marijuana activist shouted, "Fascist!" as Wolk spoke. 


[ Robert Chase?!?!] 


Later, during public testimony, another activist cursed at Wolk.


[ Kathleen? ]


"This is criminal," said James Clark Jr., a caregiver from Akron who said he serves 25 patients because there are so few caregivers on the Eastern Plains. "This is mean. This is hurtful to people who are very sick."


Advocates say the higher plant counts are needed to make edible marijuana products and concentrates, which they say are a better way to treat some patients.


Colorado has about 3,300 medical marijuana caregivers, Wolk said, and 24 of them are registered to more than five patients. One caregiver serves 82 patients.


[ so 0.007 of the total caregiver population serves more than 5 patients ?? ]


Law enforcement officials have repeatedly raised concerns over caregivers growing for large numbers of patients or patients who can grow large numbers of plants, arguing that they could be a source of illegal marijuana sales. 


[ just as Dispensaries are the source of illegal marijuana sales and diversion ]


state audit last year recommended that lawmakers crack down on caregivers and elevated plant counts.


Nothing like a CRACKDOWN on the Constitutional Rights of Patients to prove that ... REGULATION WORKS !!


Fuck yeah !!


Mnizzle
Mnizzle

Do a story on Detective John Gray circa '67, harassing Chet Helm's Family Dog, La Petite's on 17ave,  etc


or Sgt/ Capt Jerry Kennedy, parked by "hippie hill" (Grasmere / "South" Lake in Washington Park) in his Elvis-gifted caddie, chasing hippies around the park.


Those are some (but not all) of the drug warriors I remember from Denver's past.

Hurry up before everybody who was there or remembers is dead.


D0NKEYH0TAY
D0NKEYH0TAY

As an aside, most patients can't even smoke a small portion of the marijuana that is grown by their caregiver.  The rest goes into the black market and the caregivers pocket.  They only need more plants and patients to make more money.  

"Patient's rights are being violated", straight from the mouths of caregivers.  Patients seem fine with the changes.

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