One more selection from the January 1937 issue of The Hooey CCC Camp newsletter, startling in its ferocity. Officials from this time would undoubtedly lose their minds at the current pace of decriminalization.
One wonders how available marijuana would have been to the CCC Camp in 1937,. but the inclusion of this article in the newsletter indicate that the powers-that-be felt a warning to be necessary.
MARIJUANA, CRAZING DRUG MENACE
MAKES YOUNGSTERS 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?
Marijuana is a too-easily procurable narcotic which goes under the scientific name of cannibis Americana. Of its other names, probably the most familiar is marijuana, orginating in Mexico, where the drug has long been a source of poverty, madness, and crime. Others are “greefa”, also of Mexican origin, “MaryWarner”, “reefer”, “miggles”, “”mooter”, “moota”, and “joy-smoke”.
But regardless of its name, the investigators found, it is regarded everywhere in the United States today as a major menace to society and particularly to that very important fact in society the Nation’s youth.
Scarcely known outside the medical profession a few years ago, this insidious narcotic is now so widely used throughout the United States that every metropolitan police officer and welfare worker knows it by taste, sight, and smell. The taste is like stale coffee flavored by licorice.
\They know its pernicious effects, too, not only on the young and inexperienced, but upon the weak and criminally inclined of all ages.
Yet the fight against it has been so handicapped thus far by inadequate laws and public apathy or ignorance that it is continuing to extend its hold over a constantly widening area and an ever-increasing number of people.
According to H. J. Anslinger, United States Narcotic Commissioner, “While the use of other narcotics is decreasing, marijuiana smoking is increasing. It is being taken up, worst of all, by young boys and girls, mostly between the ages of eighteen and twenty=two. Driven by the craving for this vicious and destructive drug, many of these youthful addicts are turning to petty crime.
Irrespective of whether the addicts are boys, girls, or adults, continued use of the drug almost invariably leads to mental collapse, and, quite frequently, to complete insanity, on this, the government report just transmitted to the League of Nations says that, taken in sufficient quantity, produces marijuana an “almost immediate lust, complete irresponsibility and a tendency toward willful violence. Those who are habitually accustomed to the use of cannibis frequently develop a delirious rage after its administration, during which they are temporarily, at least, irresponsible and liable to commit violent crimes. The prolonged use of this narcotic is said to produce mental deterioration and eventual insanity.” A man under the influence of marijuana might actually commit murder or other violent crimes.
For years, neither marijuana nor its Asiatic bad brother, hashish, which goes under the scientific name of cannibis Indica, (which no self-respecting Chinaman would even use) was classed in the pharmacopeia as a narcotic.
However, the Federal Narcotic Bureau classes it very emphatically as a narcotic, and medical observers of its effects on delinquent youths are beginning to think it may be the most dangerous of all.
(From the article by Lionel Calhoun Moise in the February issue of Phyiscal Culture)