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Uncle Sam Fights a New Drug Menace…Marijuana (May, 1936)

These 1930’s era articles about pot always make it sound like they’re talking about PCP or something. I have never seen anyone who smoked pot go into a “delirious rage” causing them to commit murder. According to this article whenever anyone got killed, the police would go looking for pot-heads to blame it on. Of everything in the article that’s what would scare me. Smoke pot and the cops will frame you for murder.

I also think it’s odd that in all of these articles the authors never mention that pot gives you the munchies. I bet that if you asked a hundred people to name an effect of marijuana at least half would say it makes them hungry. Granted “Local teen empties fridge on pot fueled rampage, will cupboards be next? ” doesn’t make the scariest headline.

Uncle Sam Fights a New Drug Menace…Marijuana

How an Innocent-Looking Plant, a Roadside Weed In Many States, Presents A Grave Narcotic Problem

By William Wolf

ONE DAY last summer, a squad of men suddenly descended upon a vacant lot in a large eastern city. Attacking a patch of innocent-looking weeds, they first burned the stalks down to the ground and then spread chemicals to make sure that every vestige of life in the roots was destroyed.

The weed was marijuana—better known as Indian hemp—and within that one vacant lot there was enough, if converted into cigarettes or “reefers” and peddled through underground channels, to be the potential cause of half a dozen murders and other brutal crimes.

Border Guard Wages War on Smugglers (Nov, 1934)

Thank god the border guards were able to stem the massive tide of contraband shoes and serapes (see the picture on page 3). Who knows where we would be without their vigilant efforts.

Border Guard Wages War on Smugglers
Daring Patrolmen in an Endless Fight To Halt the Traffic in Aliens and Contraband

By Andrew R. Boone

CROUCHED beside a squat tum-bleweed not fifty feet from the rusting monument that marks the boundary between California and Baja California hard by the sea, the border patrolman scanned near-by hills with his powerful glasses. He was V. E. Williams, one of Uncle Sam’s mounted border officers, and he was keeping vigil on a lonely section of the border awaiting the coming of a smuggler whose habits he had been observing for several days and nights.



By Lionel Calhoun Moise

Fast-Growing Debasement of Our Youngsters, Making Them Wantons and Killers

SHAME and death are the evil blossoms of a sinister growth that threatens to ruin the health and minds of thousands of America’s youth. Striking in the darkness, this stealthy public enemy can be fought only by the clear daylight of publicity. Only in this way can we secure the drastic legislation to cope with a new and deadly menace. But just what is this gloomy monster of destruction?

Consternation swept an exclusive Eastern finishing school recently when one of its popular girl students suddenly killed herself. The school authorities hushed up the scandal with a story of accident, then launched an investigation to determine the cause of the tragedy.

Exploding the Myths About MARIJUANA (Apr, 1949)

Entertaining scare piece about all of the horrible and dangerous effects of smoking pot. Hence forth I will refer to all potheads as “tea slaves” and I will call smoking pot “muggling”. (I had no idea that muggle was another word for pot).

Exploding the Myths About MARIJUANA


You’ll get a kick if you try a reefer—but not the kind you expect, a “tea” slave warns in exposing startling secrets of dope-den life.

I’M scared—plenty scared. Not so much for myself but for the kids of school age. Ever since the Robert Mitchum scandal in Hollywood set the country talking, the myths about marijuana have been mushrooming—dangerous myths. I’m scared for the young boys and girls who want to try a reefer or two “just for the kick.” I’m scared because some people are saying marijuana is a harmless drug, marijuana is not habit-forming, marijuana damages neither mind nor body.

Marijuana is bad, insidiously bad. It grabs you tight, then slowly turns you into a slave. It pounces on your mental or physical weak points and drags you relentlessly down into disgrace.

Scientific American Tries LSD (Jun, 1955)

This article references a Dr. Funkenstein. Anybody with that name should play base for George Clinton.

Experimental Psychoses

When the drug called LSD is administered to human subjects, it produces the symptoms of psychosis. The phenomenon provides a remarkable new tool for the investigation of psychotic states by Six Staff Members of Boston Psychopathic Hospital

In the spring of 1943 a Swiss chemist, Albert Hofmann, while working with a chemical in his laboratory one day, was overcome by peculiar mental sensations. He became restless, felt disembodied, could not concentrate on his work. Fantastic images of extraordinary plasticity and kaleidoscopic coloring flitted through his mind. In a dreamlike state, he left the laboratory and went home. Correctly connecting his disturbance with the chemical he had been preparing, Hofmann conscientiously recorded every sensation. His description was the beginning of a remarkable series of discoveries.

The Truth About Pot (May, 1968)

This is a surprisingly honest, un-biased and well researched article about marijuana from 1968. It’s kind of sad that essentially nothing has changed in this debate since this article was written.


  • Is marijuana addictive?
  • Does it have bad physical and mental effects on the user?
  • Does its use tend to increase crime?

Here are the conflicting opinions of leading experts on this highly controversial subject.

By Robert Gannon

After reviewing Mr. Cannon’s article on marijuana, “The Truth about Pot,” a consultant for the American Medical Association had this to say: “This is an excellent article. The author has done a wonderful job of making some legislative zealots look ridiculous simply by quoting their exaggerated statements and reciting the disconcerting facts.”

The great debate about marijuana ranks closely behind Vietnam and civil rights as one of the top issues of our time. And as the number of pot users grows, so does the controversy in which marijuana is called everything from a menace to a harmless delight.

    What is the truth about this strange drug? Here is an in-depth report on the nation’s pot problem and what science has learned so far about its effect on those who use it.