Cannabis Time Capsule, 1914: Talks of Prohibition and Shades of Bigotry

This article from the May 1914 Summit County Journal gives a good idea of the official national temperament toward drugs at the time with a summary of the 1914 Harrison Narcotic Tax Act.

But it's the accompanying cartoon that tells the real story.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1893: Horses Thrive on Weed
Willie Nelson says he gives his horses beer, but according to this 1893 article in the Leadville Herald-Democrat, he should be using weed.

Yes, the cure for a worn-down horse is good-old THC.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1888: Another Vintage Cannabis Cure for Foot Ailments!

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Leadville, 1881.
We thought finding one article about curing foot ailments with cannabis was strange and rare enough. But apparently it wasn't as oddball as it seems according to this strange advertisement/article in the Leadville Evening Chronicle from 126 years ago almost to the day.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1948: Robert Mitchum's Marijuana Bust

Robert Mitchell and Jane Greer in Out of the Past.
I mentioned the story of Robert Mitchum to a marijuana consuming friend recently, and he had no idea who I was talking about. It's a shame, because Mitchum is one of America's first admitted pot-smoking Hollywood badasses. See, Robert Mitchum was the dude. Ladies loved him, he was a star in awesome films like Undercurrent and Out of the Past (with an equally badass Kirk Douglas and smoking-hot Jane Greer) and he loved passing a reefer around with hot starlets. He made no secret of it and often walked around with doobies tucked behind his ears in public, bragging at one point that weed grew freely in the hills by his home.

Needless to say, he wasn't too popular with Johnny Law.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 2014 1935: Pot Hater Claims Kids Are Consuming Weed Tablets

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For this extra-scary edition of Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule, we bring you a story that is strangely similar to one we're living right now: the fear that kids are sneaking pot edibles and getting intoxicated right under our noses!

Then, like now, the story was largely the product of a prohibitionist's imagination. Namely, Denver's Alva A. Swain, owner of the Eagle Valley Enterprise and author of this March 22, 1935 column.

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1935: Egyptian Bride Busted Holding Hash

King Farouk I marrying Queen Farida of Egypt, 1937. We doubt they were stoned.
Weed-themed weddings in Colorado are all the rage now for the pot-friendly -- but apparently cannabis has been a part of nuptials in Egypt since the 1930s. At least, it was part of one Cairo bride's wedding plan -- though it didn't seem to work out well for her according to this tiny March 22, 1935 blurb in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

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

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?

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

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

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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