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Franz Stuck' symbolic painting of the underworld'c horrors, to which a new and dreadful one
is now added by the spread of the marihuana habit
THEN the lawmakers of CongroM
and the various state le;:
tures framed the statutes di -signed
to end the traffic In habit-forming
drugs they thought they had made
them comprehensive enough to include
every narcotic known to man.
But now it has been discovered that,
as far as the national laws and those
" of all except two or three of the states
are concerned, they overlooked one of
the wickedest of drugs one that is in
many ways more insidious in its luf?
and more ruinous in its effects than
cocaine, heroin, opium, morphine or
any of the others.
The wicked drug the lawmakers for
prot is marihuana, the Mexican variety of
Cannabis indica, or Indian he'mpi i
monly known as hasheesh. In the Orient
hasheesh has been used for thousands
of years. There it is rolled into pills
and swallowed, or mixed with sugr
and eaten like candy.
The Mexicans, however, have n differ
ent way of drugging then idves
mnrihuana and getting its extraordi
effects. They break off the tops of
plant, crumple them up like tobacco
roll them into cigarettes.
It is in the form of fffgar that
marihuana is now coming into v
spread use in this country, and because
the little paper-wrapped rolls .f the
drug look so much Jiko an ordinary to
bacco cigarette the traffic in the)
likely to prove hard to .stamp, out even
after '.ho re sary la vs a v e 1 1
In Americathere marihuana cigarettes
are called either "Hying cigarett r
"Mary Warner smokes." The "
Warner," it will be seen, is American
slanc, and is derived from the word
marihuana, which has a similar sou 1
Tlvyare called "flying" because of the
floating sensation the'r fumes produce.
The effects of the drug are it irtli f,
and while they may differ in individu
the general characteristics are nearly
always the same. After three or four
puffs the beginner's mind becomes con
fused. There is, at first, a harmless sort
and sordidncss in the user's life
away. He finds himself floating through
space as if on a cloud and doing ev
thing, in fancy, that he ever wanted to
Ideas follow each other rapidly.
Time, however, is unbelievably pro
longed. Minutes seem like days; hours
like weeks and days like years. An ex
cellent idea of this prolongation of time
is seen by comparing an ordinary motion
picture film with that of the so-called
slow motion camera.
Then comes a period in which hallu
cinations dominate the addict. Motive
less merriment or maudlin emotion usu
ally follows, after which a pugnacious
attitude ensues. It is this stage that en
dangers society. It is the stage which
made the cowboys of our frontiers
quick to adopt the Mexican word "loco"
(crazy) which is applied to peons a I
Indians who run amuck. Cattle, too,
have been known to run amuck a
eating the plant.
Reaction following the uic of mari
huana gravely endangers the morals
and continuous indulgence bnngu (
lepsy and incurable insanity. In con
firmed addicts the complex of symptoms
: shows great similarity a deathlike pal
lor, twitching muscles, furtive fcyei with
yellowish, red-streaked eyeballs, cat
like nervousness and rapidity of
The Mexican government recog
nizing the seriousness ot the situa
tion, passed some years
ago a law forbidding f
the cultivation of the f
hem)) plant, but in p- ;
spite of the ?tring''nt j j
edict and the swift and ,'
drastic punisjonent im
posed, it is 'Still sur- ! i
reptitiousJy grown. t
This, with the larg.- j
quantities of wild j" 'A
plant?, gathered, fur J
ni slits a supply ample $
. nOL'gt for m a r.y 1 Y . y-
gands of users.
Most of the drug
finds it way into the i
United StJ'tcs across j
the Rio Grande River j.
and Lower California r
border. Some of the L
crop .gather' d in south- i
ern Mexico is smug- ; i
gled into our ports - r . i
principally New York V j
by sailors touching I.
at Mc::ican ports from j' i
where it is dissenn-
The story of two j
American college girls K
who were recently en- ; . ;
snarled in the coils of
!i s soul-destroying
.agency is a good ex- FT S'"
ample of how "flying I
cigarettes" claim their '
victims and at the j
same time will serve as
a warning to others to 2
be on their guard I
a"airst them. Both of
thc-.e -ziils aided the 1 k
New York police in j;
makinrr the arrest of
a notorious interna- i
tional drur carrier
who is now in the state
. i rt
prison at our;
Sing. They The clumsy and
have been re- conspicuous opi- fl
c 1 a i m c d um pipe for .
through the which the mari- M
M e l ropolitan huana smoker &4.
Hospital, long has no need i:
famous for
its cures of drug addicts, and are again
back in school.
"We had heard so much of Mexican
meals from our friends," says one of
of these girls, "that one Sunday eve
ning wo decided to go to ono of them,
near Tenth Street, and E-ample some of
their national dishes. It seemed to us
like any other restaurant, orderly and
regular in every respect-
"We enjoyed the meal. The dishes
were a novelty to us. As the waiter
brought the coffee my friend found that
she forgotten her cigarettes.
"I was just about to give her one of
mine when a well-dressed man about
thirty, apparently a Mexican, who was
sitting at a nearby table talking to a
male companion, laid an elaborately or
namented cigarette case on the table
in front of us.
" 'Won't you try a Mexican cigarette?'
he asked politely. He left the case on
the table and resumed his conversation
with "his friend, apparently paying
not the slightest bit of attention to
C ' )
; - ,
A jar of the powdered .
leaves of marihuana, " ;
re:rc !:;- ii: r- i'iew
York polire; and
( on the ribt )
cigarettes "y
made from
the leaves
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iTj:3 Catherine McDon-
aid, a New York busi-
r.esa girl and one of
:v.t the latest victims of
the cmel "drug
"After a
few mo
ments my friend
took one of the ciga- x
rettes and also handed one
to me. They looked just the
same a;j any of the popular brands
made in this country. We lighted
"The first puff burned my throat
slightly, but the feeling of exhilaration
that followed far outweighed the
'burny' sensation. I had smoked about
half of it when my companion's antics
attracted my attention. She seemed to
be bubbling over with merriment. Then
during, sav
ing all sorts
of things to
Ww PePh? about
her. Normally she
is very backward
about speaking to
: i managed to get her
home, and it was there, in our
room, that I reamed she had brought
a half dozen of the Mexican's cigarettes
with her. Wo smoked them, too. That
started us."
Marihuana is probably the only drug
which is not included in the Federal
narcotic bill, known as the Jones-Miller
measure. The Harrison act, which
has been in operation a number of
years, docs not include It either. New
How Only Two or Three 1
States Have Statutes Aimed j
at the Insidious Mexican I
Hasheesh Which Wrecks
the Lives of Its Victims
Even More Quickly Than I
Cocaine, Heroin of
:7". f-r:: .....: .. . " '13ml j
Mies Cisaic
Loftus, the
talented and
charming Eng
lish actress who
is now under
going treatment for
cure of the drug habit
York, Massachusetts, California and the
city of Dallas, Texas, are the only
1 daces where there arc specific laws
and ordinances prohibiting the traffic
in it.
The credit for discovering the extent
to which marihuana is being used in
this country and taking the first steps
to stamp out the traffic in it is due to
Dr. Carlton Simon, Deputy Commis
sioner of the New York police and head
of the department's Narcotic Division.
The sudden popularity of marihuana
among narcotic addicts was also largely
due to the activities of Dr. Simon's
staff in cutting off supplies of other
drugs. Addicts recognized, too, that
they could partake of the new dope in
the form of cigarettes with little risk
of detection, provided, of course, they
aid not take doses strong enough
to make them pass into a coma. It is
for this same reason, the deputy com
missioner believes, that so many re
fined and cultured persons are easily
tempted to use the cigarettes.
No work Is more worthy of the com
mendation of all good citizens than
that which the police of New York and
other large cities are doing to stamp out
the drug traffic. It is a task fraught
with the greatest difficulties, for the
business of dope smuggling is well or
ganized and shrewdly managed, and the
addicts will run almost any riek to keep
supplied with their favorite drug.
Although the dore habit is one of the
thief vices that make the underworld .-
dreadful it is by no means confined to
the criminal and derelict classes. In
spite of the stringent laws and the
eternal vigilance of the police an in
creasing number of addicts are being
found in the most refined and cultured
walk-' of life.
A pathetic instance of slavery to drugs rW
was revealed in a London police court
only a few days ago. Miss Cissie Lo
tus, the beautiful and talented actress
who has so often appeared in this coun
try and been much admired here, was
arraigned on a charge of having drugs
in her possession. She was released on
suspended sentence on her promising to
undergo treatment for the habit.
Catherine McDonald, a refined and
pretty business girl, walked into a New
York police station recently and asked
to be arrested to prevent her stealing
or doing something worse to satisfy
her craving for drugs. The story she
told threw interesting light on the
wicked methods practiced by the "drug
At a dance a few weeks ago she met
a "lovely girl" who revealed to her tho
magic of a needle that enabled one to
dance all night, and by a second injec
tion go to work next day as fresh and
alert as ever. The needle, as Catherine
McDonald later learned, held heroin,
ana after six days of its use she found
herself unable to get along without
regular doses of the drug.

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