Cannabis Time Capsule 1920: "Kill the Dope Peddlers"

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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.

Here's the front page of the paper....

...and here's the story itself: We wonder what Director Haines (and the editor who typed up the wild headline) would think today of groups like Operation Grow4Vets, which gives away cannabis to vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or studies on marijuana and PTSD therapies.

For more classic Colorado cannabis news posts, check out our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive.

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