Tuesday, February 16, 2016
10 Vintage Photos Celebrating Marijuana's Place In History
By Julia Wright
Cannabis is so on-trend in 2016 that we sometimes forget the plant's rich history - from hemp farmers to old newspaper ads proclaiming marijuana's medicinal properties to anti-drug propaganda. Here are 10 ways in which cannabis has held a rich and beautiful place in our culture.
Richard's Hemp farm in Seney, Michigan, circa 1920s.
Reefer Madness was just the tip of the iceberg. In the 1950s, Robert Campbell Bragg penned "Marijuana Girl", the tale of fictional high-schooler Joyce Taylor's descent into the marijuana underworld after she's kicked out of school. She moves to the big city; pulpy loss of innocence ensues. Marijuana Girl is still available on Amazon.
Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa (1878 - 1923), left, sits against a tree with a fellow soldier following the Mexican Revolution of 1911. Many of Pancho Villa's soldiers were indigenous Yaqui Indians and they were very fond of smoking 'motas' – marijuana cigarettes. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Commercial artist Christine Vasey rolls a joint: circa 1950.
It's easy to forget that cannabis has only not been used as a medicine in America since the 1930s.
Hippie girl smoking in a Polaroid taken at Woodstock. 1969.
In 1974, Dr. Alexander Sumach penned Grow Your Own Stone, a book advocating home cultivation as an alternative to the black market. Also by Dr. Sumach: another, equally-lavishly-illustrated book called A Treasury of Hashish.
Pro-cannabis protestors in the 1960s.
The Marihuana Story, 1950 (Spain / Argentina)
In 1976, student Danny Finegood temporarily modified the Hollywood sign to celebrate marijuana decriminalization.