Historical Research on Drug Policy
- New! The Reefer
Madness Collection - Hundreds of examples of hilarious Reefer
Madness from history.
- New! - Medical Marijuana Throughout History
- Pictures of more than 100 medicines that once contained cannabis
- Federal Court Decisions - 1910-1919
- Hemp article,
from Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed. (1910-1911)
- Fiber Investigations - Hemp
& Flax - USDA Yearbook, 1910
- Four Tons of Opium Seized
- New York Times February 21, 1911
- Uncle Sam is the Worst Drug
Fiend in the World, New York Times March 12, 1911
- Sales of Hypodermic Needles,
The New York Times March 15, 1911
- The Discovery of
Hashish from Victor Robinson, *An Essay on Hasheesh*
(New York, 1912) p.23
- The Peril of the Drug
Habit, By Charles B. Towns, Century Magazine, Vol. 84 (August, 1912),
- New Cocaine Bill Adds to
Penalties, NY Times, January 17, 1913
- Opium Crisis in Far East,
New York Times January 26, 1913
- Arrest Physician After Opium
Raid , New York Times January 31, 1913
- Would Flog Drunkards
- Lash Recommended by a London Doctor for Cure, Not punishment.- New York Times February
- Dr. Alsberg Begins Fight on Fake
Drugs - NY Times, February 13, 1913
- Drug Evil Now the Target of
Fierce Attack - article, New York Times, 1913
- Ex-Soldier, Crazed on Cocaine,
Raids a Saloon, New York Times April 2, 1913
- Opium Degrading French
Navy, New York Times April 27, 1913
- Bells on Poison Bottles,
New York Times May 11, 1913
- No More Indian Opium for
China, New York Times May 13, 1913
- We Gain in China and England Loses
- New York Times May 13, 1913
- Georgia Banker, Who Took
Poison by Mistake, Awaits The End., New York Times May 19, 1913
- Poisonous Drugs - Proper
Packing Might Lessen the Number of Accidents, New York Times May 25,
- BiChloride Tablets,
New York Times June 5, 1913
- Swindled in Opium Deal,
New York Times June 8, 1913
Phases Observable in Individuals Using Narcotic Drugs in Excess, By C.
C. Wholey, M.D. Pennsylvania Medical Journal, Vol. 16 (June, 1913), 721-25.
- Burglars Had Cocaine,
New York Times June 10, 1913
- Poisonous Drugs -
Letter to the Editor, New York Times June 16, 1913
- Took Mercury - May Live,
New York Times June 18, 1913
- Household Remedies May
Do Great Harm, New York Times June 23, 1913
- Asbury Bans Hot Dogs
, New York Times June 24, 1913
- Mercury Killing Her,
New York Times June 24, 1913
- Poisonous Tablets -
Letter to the Editor, New York Times June 26, 1913
- Yuan Stops Opium Growing.-
New York Times July 6, 1913
- Boys Wrecked by Heroin,
New York Times July 24, 1913
- After Chinese Opium Ring
- Federal Officials Suspect Alien Smuggling and White Slavery, NY Times, September 8, 1913
- Opium Imports Fall Off -
New York Times December 5, 1913
- Say Drug Habit Grips
Nation - New York Times December 5, 1913 - United States Second only
to China in Abuse of Opium Products, Experts Affirm. Many Physicians Victims
- Hemp: Extension of the Industry
to Other States - 1913 Yearbook of the United States Department
- Hemp: Soils Suited to Hemp
- 1913 Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture
- The Physiological Activity
of Cannabis Sativa - Journal of the American Pharmaceutical
- Great Dangers of
Heroin- The New York Times January 22, 1914
- To Make It Harder to Get
Habit Drugs - New York Times Monday January 26, 1914
- Negro Cocaine Fiends - New Southern Menace
- article, New York Times, February 8, 1914 - This is a good example of the arguments used
in favor of the proposed narcotics laws.
- Great Legislative Plan to Stamp Out Cocaine
- By Edward Marshall, Article, New York Times, Sunday, February 22, 1914
- A Modern Opium Eater
American Magazine, Vol. 77 (June, 1914), 31-35.
- Narcotic Addiction
By Perry M. Lichtenstein New York Medical Journal, Vol. 100 (November 14, 1914), 962-66.
The author was physician at the New York City Prison.
- New Drug Law
Hits Accidental Users - New York Times, June 21, 1914
Two things are of particular note in this article.
The first is the assertion that drug addicts could be cured in a matter of five days. This
is a reference to a drug addiction "treatment" advanced by Charles Towns, which
consisted of imprisoning addicts and giving them a plainly poisonous concoction for five
days. At the end of five days of "treatment" every addict so "treated"
claimed they were cured, to avoid further "treatment." Follow-up studies
conducted years later showed that, in fact, very few of the addicts had been cured by the
treatment -- if any.
The second point is Mr. Towns assumptions about the root cause of drug addiction in the
last paragraph -- which he attributes to the earlier use of tobacco.
- New Anti-Drug Law is in
Effect Today, The New York Times July 1, 1914, Prescribes Penalties
for Misuse of Privileges by Physicians and Druggists, Many Convictions Expected---Author
of Measure Hopes for Interstate Regulations.
- Progress and
Paregoric, The New York Times July 17, 1914
- Liquor and the Drug Traffic,
New York Times July 29, 1914 by William H. Anderson, State Superintendent Anti-Saloon
league of New York.
- The Harrison Narcotic Act (1914)
- Chapter 8 of the Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs, 1972
- Harrison Narcotics
Tax Act - Full text of the Act, as approved December 17, 1914
- Nearly 2,000 Drug Arrests
- New York Times January 6, 1915 - Commissioner Woods Sees an Improvement in
- Poorer Drug Users in Pitiful
Plight, New York Times April 15, 1915 -- Illicit Peddling of Heroin
and Cocaine Practically at an End, Police Say.
- Problems of Drug Addiction,
The New York Times April 16, 1915
- Treasury Department Memo on the
Medical Use of Marijuana - September 25, 1915
- The Heroin Habit,
By Pearce Bailey, New Republic, Vol. 6 (April 22, 1916), 314-16.
- Census of
Narcotic Drugs, The New York Times May 3, 1916, Persons Licensed to
Sell Them Must File Inventory of Stocks.
- Interpret Harrison
Law, The New York Times June 6, 1916, Supreme Court Decides It Only
Applies to Those Who Deal in Drugs.
- Finds Drug Evil Pervades
the City - New York Times December 5, 1916
- The Seed Supply of the Nation
- USDA Yearbook, 1917
- Production of Drug-Plant
Crops in the United States, USDA Yearbook, 1917
- Drug Addicts Cured by
New Treatment - New York Times January 28, 1917 - Dr. Stokes, at
City Farm, Gets Satisfactory Results in Only a Few Days - Wants More Patients- No
preliminary Confinement in Hospital Necessary-- Victims Take on Weight Rapidly
- Drug Addiction
and the Harrison Anti-Narcotic Act, By J. C. Densten, M.D., New York
Medical Journal, Vol. 105 (April 21, 1917), 747-48.
- City's Drug Cure Called a Success
- New York Times June 10, 1917 - Dr. C.F. Stokes Reports to the Board of Inebriety Results
of His Experiments - Drugs Suddenly Withdrawn from Addicts Without Causing Suffering.
- Report on Drug
Cases - The New York Times September 2, 1917
- Prohibition in El Paso,
- Morphinism and Crime,
By L. L. Stanley, Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol.
8 January, 1918, 749-56.
- Richmond P. Hobson Argues for
- Chicago Saloons Before
- Ohio Dry Federation
Prohibition Campaign of 1918
- Drugs and Genius,
NY Times July 21, 1918
- Drugs and Genius -
NY Times Review of Books, August 4, 1918
- Strange Story from Iceland
- December 18, 1918
- Those Who Laugh at the Drunken
Man - New York Evening Journal, 1918
- Webb, et al. v. United States, 249 U.S. 96 (1919) No. 370. U. S. Supreme Court
- U. S. v. Doremus , 249 U.S. 86 (1919) No. 367. U.S. Supreme Court
- Dr. Copeland Reports Great Increase In
Sale of Habit-Forming Drugs Here - The New York Times March 23, 1919
- City Sends About
135 Addicts of Both Sexes to Special Wards in Hospitals, The New York
Times April 11, 1919, Copeland Plans Campaign, Two Doctors, Three Druggists, and One
Addict Arrested in Raid in Brooklyn
- 8,000 Lads in City are Drug
Addicts - The New York Times April 15, 1919 - 80,000 in Draft
Were Rejected by National Army, Rainey Tells Parole Board. - Doped to Evade Service -
Prohibition a Disturbing Factor-- State Commission Joins Local health Department Campaign.
- Drug Addictions,
By L. L. Stanley Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol.
10 (May, 1919), 62-70.
- More Than 1,000,000 Drug Users
in the US - NY Times June 13, 1919
- The Relation of
Drug Addiction to Industry, By T. S. Blair Journal of Industrial
Hygeine, Vol. 1 (October, 1919), 284-96. Copyright 1919,
18th Amendment to the US Constitution, which made alcohol prohibition
the law of the land.