Cannabis Time Capsule, 1948: Comic Books Are "Dope" for the Human Mind

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Dope! That's what comic books are! Dope! And those dirty books should be scrubbed, put through the wringer and have the dirt squeezed from them!

At least, that's the gist of this December 30, 1948 column in the Steamboat Pilot by George Bowra, an (at the time) relatively well-known figure in the American West. The tone of the article is over the top, bordering on satire -- which might make sense considering Bowra's history as a colorful character. But we're not so sure he was joking.

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Cannabis Time Capsule,1923: Ancient Chinese Remedy Was Actually Pot and Booze?

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This story out of the Akron Weekly Pioneer circa 1921 is an odd one. Not for the ancient Chinese mysticism involved, though that's plenty intriguing. No, it's because we can't tell if it was meant to scare the general public, bewilder them or truly inform. It speaks of a "Chinese drug, used many centuries ago" that "had much of the effects of ether." But at least one of the ingredients gave off a certain skunky smell....

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1952: Feds Called on "Mexican" Kids With Six Ounces of Pot

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We admit that two minors of any ethnicity might be facing jail time -- or at least some heavy fines and probation -- if something like this 1952 story from the Douglas County News happened today, even in Colorado. But local police calling the feds for two youths with six ounces of pot? It would be unnecessarily harsh -- and today, the feds would likely laugh off the request as a waste of time and resources.

But it's what happened to Anthony Chavez an David Valdez after getting popped with a half-dozen lids of grass in Castle Rock, then a town of about 750 residents and at least two cops.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1937: American G.I. Gets Hassled by Stoned Mexican Prisoners

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To borrow a phrase the legendary American cinema masterpiece Anchorman: In the 1930s, Chicago-based writer Floyd Gibbons was the balls.

The one-eyed war hero embodied the rough, tough American male image and dazzled the public with his syndicated stories in newspapers, radio and on television, which stem from his role as a war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune; he even wrote one of the earliest biographies of the infamous Red Baron. He's basically the prototype for the badass John Wayne persona everyone knows today.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1903: Egyptian Weed Consumption Pales to Colorado's Today

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At the time of this tiny news brief from the May 16, 1903 Glenwood Post, "hasheesh" was being blamed for all of the crime and "insanity" in Egypt. Efforts to stamp it out resulted in sixteen tons of hash being confiscated in the country for the year 1901.

The population of Egypt at the time was somewhere around 8 million people, according to historical sources. The population of Colorado, currently, is around 5.1 million people -- and we use a lot, lot more....

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1921: Pill Dealing in Downtown Denver

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Here's a tale of illegal pill dealing from 1921 in Denver, though frankly it could be from any Thursday afternoon walking through Civic Center Park or parts of the 16th Street Mall today.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1949: Crossword Puzzle's Solution is Hash From Hemp

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Most of us know by now that hemp and the cannabis we all like to get high and medicated with aren't the same thing and that you can't get hash from hemp (unless, apparently, you're using the Stanley brothers' cannabis hemp oil).

But back in 1949, that wasn't common knowledge. In fact, we doubt many people knew the two were even slightly related, which makes their usage in this crossword puzzle from the Record-Journal of Douglas County highly unusual.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1934: Smoking "Maggies" of "Mary Warner"

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The great parts of this slam-piece from the December 14, 1934 Eagle Valley Enterprise aren't the horrible, blatant lies about cannabis, but the wonderfully antiquated expressions and terms for ganja.

Why, even though doing a reefer is supposed to be all wet, this article makes it sound like an aces ring-a-ding-ding! (Cue the old-timey gramophone music.)

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1893: Marijuana Stops Cannibalism in Africa, Germans Say

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We're not really sure what the point of this August 10, 1893 pitch from the Greeley Tribune on "Hasheesh smokers" is all about. It starts out like something out of the SAFER playbook but then devolves into a complete hash fable loaded with half-truths.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1875: Dr. H. James and his magical mystery (hemp) tonic

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Here's a follow up to a Cannabis Time Capsule post from December 2013 about a wily Philly amateur pharmacist selling a hemp "cure" for tuberculosis.

Actually, it's more of the prequel, as it seems that we found one of the actual advertisements for Dr. H. James's "Accidental Cure," or at least one related to it. Bonus: The one we tracked down is below an ad for "cocoaine" shampoo.

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