115 Years of Marijuana Coverage
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115 Years of Marijuana Coverage
Posted by CN Staff on July 08, 2015 at 05:29:54 PT
By Paige Cornwell, Seattle Times Staff Reporter
Source: Seattle Times
Seattle -- Cannabis made one of its first appearances in The Seattle Daily Times in 1911, in a recipe to cure corns. An extract of cannabis, along with sodium and collodion, would form a paste. Readers were instructed to “paint over the corn once or twice a day and scrape away superficial growth in three or four days.”Later stories journeyed from a portrayal of marijuana as an illegal, dangerous drug used by dirty hippies to a legal drug purchased at a regulated store.
The corn remedy is one of hundreds, if not thousands, of mentions of marijuana, also referred to as pot, weed, mary jane, cannabis, reefer, that have appeared in The Seattle Times pages since 1900.To mark Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of recreational-marijuana stores opening in the state, we took a look at our cannabis coverage over the past 100-plus years.A Look BackMarijuana turned musicians in Chicago into “laugh addicts,” according to a 1928 account. A 1940 dispatch from New York recounted that “Harlem Negroes” had invented a new lexicon related to marijuana. Other stories recounted drugs coming in from Canada, China and the Middle East.“There’s always some demonized group,” said Bruce Barcott, a Bainbridge Island journalist who co-wrote a Time cover story in May about pot research and legalization.And oh, won’t someone think of the children?Echoing films such as “Reefer Madness,” marijuana was often portrayed as a gateway drug to narcotics, debauchery and a life of crime. In 1953, The Seattle Times interviewed parents of teens arrested for stealing cars. The parents of one 13-year-old said their son “got in with a tough Queen Anne High School gang,” who would get marijuana, then steal cars “for the thrill of it.” A year later, a dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling dope to minors.In the 1960s and 1970s, the drug became more associated with counterculture, with hippies wandering around in a “sea of mud, sickness and drugs,” as Woodstock was described in a 1969 story.In 1981, The Seattle Times ran a 10-part series (yes, 10) called “Marijuana and Your Child.” There was a marijuana epidemic among America’s children, an Associated Press reporter wrote, that didn’t kill, but maimed.“The media’s portrayal has, in some instances, contributed to accurate public knowledge and marijuana’s effects on behavior, how popular it was, who was using it,” said Roger Roffman, a University of Washington professor emeritus and author of “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High.” “In other instances, the media pretty grossly contributed to stereotypical views of marijuana users and marijuana policy.”Only recently have the mainstream media covered marijuana as something that might have value, Barcott said. One of the first Seattle Times stories about medical marijuana was published in 1975, when a drug expert testified at a Drug Enforcement Administration hearing.And last year, The Seattle Times wrote about Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes buying two packages of marijuana, one for posterity and one, he said, for “personal enjoyment.” The reporters even noted what strain he bought: “OG’s Pearl.”“It will be very interesting to see how that coverage changes,” Barcott said. “Not just year to year, but week to week, month to month. It’s such a fast-moving story.”Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Paige Cornwell, Seattle Times Staff ReporterPublished: July 7, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on July 12, 2015 at 11:46:38 PT
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I'm so sorry about that happening to you. It's so horrible when you go to something for help and it turns out to be harm instead.Is that oil legal in Texas? I have had migraines since I was a teenager but I've managed them fine with ibuprofen, and sometimes acetaminophen with it. Aspirin usually makes me quite sick in a dose large enough to effect pain. So I kind of depend on the ibuprofen, especially, when I get the migraine aura. Of course, the acetaminophen is liver poison... all the pain relievers available are poison. I had a migraine yesterday and I just had to take it. It would be nice to take cannabis, whole plant, in some form for pain. Pain relief with a little spiritual lift. Might not be such a bad idea. 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on July 10, 2015 at 10:23:27 PT
Hope, sorry to hear of your problems. I was nearly killed by NSAIDS! and my digestive track damaged for life.Avoid! I'll never take one again. I urge anyone using NSAIDs to check out CBD cannabis - it works!  it's the closest replacement to NSAID's I've tried.Last time I checked, NSAIDs were killing 10,000-15,000 American through GI bleeding every year. No idea how many more bodies are added by heart/cardio death.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 10, 2015 at 07:43:07 PT
Many people have to have ibuprofen to function... 
Or sleep, or anything. I'm so sad to hear this. I, myself take a lot of ibuprofen. Several times a week, usually. I'm also afraid I've had a few small strokes or TIAs as they call them. Going through chemo has something to do with it, too.Cannabis really can be amazing for pain.Aaargh! Legalize it! I want some safer pain relief!Taking cannabis out of the pharmacology and banning people from legally using the good herb has been a horrible travesty perpetuated on mankind by a bunch of lunatics.God help us.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on July 09, 2015 at 22:01:02 PT
What a revolting development this is.
F.D.A. Is Set to Toughen Nonaspirin Warnings
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on July 09, 2015 at 11:50:35 PT
interesting - I guess the fact that cannabis and opium were the number 1 and 2 most prescribed medications of the 1800's wasn't worth mentioning?it wasn't just to cure corns, it was the gold standard for pain relief in the 1800's
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