"America's newest narcotic menace, which lurks in a common roadside weed." No federal laws prohibit its use -- but this is 1934, and news archives show arrests for it covering more than a decade. So what was the basis of the arrests? (State law? Note to self: find which state laws regarding marijuana were in effect in 1920s-1930s.)

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of contracts n t o From this the moving the then not more It so cent U. S. Maps State Fight Against, Marijuana WASHINGTON, July 21.--Wl-'He government Is seeking to rally 10 states to a fight against Amerla's newest narcotic menace, which urks in a common roadside weed. The smoking of marijuana-- chich officials say breeds insanity ind homicide--is on the Increase, ie federal bureau of narcotics dis- loaed to-day. The bureau fears hat If it is not curbed it may rresl the striking progress made n recent years against the blight f illicit narcotics. No federal laws prohibit Its use. mokers are found especially mong younger and poor people o whom It Is readily accessible. The narcotics bureau's annual re- ort, now being printed, outline! lat department's policy to urge tales to adopt uniform legislation utlawinj* the weed. Cultivation ow Is prohibited only In seven tales, while sixteen prohibit Its ·wssesslon or sale. The weed was dramatized recently by Hugh S. Johnson in a in which he referred to violent acts by "savages half-drunk" on marijuana. Marijuana Is obtained from Indian hemp--which grows wild throughout the country. It is commonly referred to in the United States as "hashish," and called dangerous and habit form- Ing. Clgarcts made of It are peddled throughout the West-.and--Southwest and in large eastern cities prices as low as 5 cents apiece. It Is called Impossible to control through federal legislation or International treaty. The traffic in it ha* so increased as to bring complaints from Mexico and Canada, which said peddlers were carrying it Into those countries. Long common to Mexico, It has been attacked there by vigorous federal control.

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 22 Jul 1934, Sun,
  3. Page 3

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  • — "America's newest narcotic menace, which lurks in a common roadside weed." No federal laws prohibit its use -- but this is 1934, and news archives show arrests for it covering more than a decade. So what was the basis of the arrests? (State law? Note to self: find which state laws regarding marijuana were in effect in 1920s-1930s.)

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