Cannabis Time Capsule 1920: "Kill the Dope Peddlers"

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No, not this kind of dope peddler.
Talk about overzealousness. The headline alone from this September 1920 front page story in the Aspen Democrat-Times is salacious enough. But the idea of "dope peddlers" hanging outside of VA hospitals "fleecing" vets out of their money for drugs was probably enough to boil the blood of all the good Americans who happened to read the story itself.

Here's the front page of the paper....

...and here's the story itself:

We wonder what Director Haines (and the editor who typed up the wild headline) would think today of groups like Operation Grow4Vets, which gives away cannabis to vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or studies on marijuana and PTSD therapies.

For more classic Colorado cannabis news posts, check out our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cannabis Time Capsule 2014 -- Colorado Legislature decides that Marijuana Peddlers should face 8-32 years in prison for a Class 1 Felony, same as Rape or Homicide.

fishingblues topcommenter


So, quit peddling dope stinky.  At the very least, stop selling to grade school kids.  

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@muhutdafuga @fishingblues @DonkeyHotay

The vast majority of drug addicts are liberals.  Everyone knows that.

Conservatives live by this concept of 'personal responsibility'.  I know you are too fucking stupid to know what it means and the donkey boy is a communist so he does't care.  

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@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @DonkeyHotay 

Drug addicted Liberals....did rush, aka the OXYmoron tell you that talking point, or as good Americans prefer to say, that lie?  Poor little red meth states....

Conservatives like to live based on personal responsibility?  What a laugh!


By John Gray

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot
full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for
minimum water quality standards.

He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His
medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure
their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers
medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their
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his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe's bacon is safe to
eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is
properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents
because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting
on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and
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He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to
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fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public
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Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay,
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It's noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some
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Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at
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Joe enjoys throughout his day). Joe agrees, "We don't need those big
government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self-made man
who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I

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