Cannabis Time Capsule, 1921: Pill Dealing in Downtown Denver

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

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"

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

Hermann Von Wissmann and an African security detail.
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

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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Cannabis Time Capsule 1933: Meet the father of American Prohibition

Richard Pearson Hobson.
Today in Cannabis Time Capsule, we'd like to introduce you to the Father of American Prohibition, Richard Pearson Hobson. You can thank him for such things as marijuana prohibition, the war on drugs and America's failed attempt at making alcohol illegal in the 1920s.

In this 1933 article from the Steamboat Pilot, Hobson outlines his plan for ridding the nation of dope by 1963. That plan failed, which seemed to be the story of his life.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1921: American Legion goes to war on drugs

The American Legion convention in New Orleans in 1922.
These days, we think of the American Legion as a conservative lobbying arm for veterans. But back in 1923, legionnaires were a force to be reckoned with -- or at least they wanted to be seen that way.

Their war on drugs in the early 1920s was just one way the organization enforced what members saw as American ideals. Like, you know, baseless xenophobia framed as facts. Read on for more.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1920: Cops fire on unarmed people during Denver narcotics bust

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Denver Police in the 1920s.
This week, we've dug up a tale about Denver police and one of the largest dope-ring raids of 1920s, featuring the often colorful language of the Douglas County Record Journal.

And by colorful, we mean borderline racist and xenophobic. Not to mention the matter-of-fact descriptions of cops completely overextending their power and using lethal force despite there being no real justification for it.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1920: "Kill the Dope Peddlers"

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.

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Cannabis Time Capsule 1923: "Mexican Dope Ring Operating in Denver"
The headline pretty much says it all in this November 24, 1923 article off the front pages of the Aspen Democrat-Times.

Despite the fact that he was likely an American, Tony -- the man in question -- happens to have a Hispanic surname (though, honestly, we can't figure out exactly what it is due to the smudgy print). Therefore: Mexican. Not only was he a Mexican, but he was selling to boys and girls in school! No evidence of that is presented, but whatever. The fearmongering was way more important.

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