Here’s a fascinating piece of history. The Seattle Times just made a fun little interactive doohickey that lets you scroll through 115 years of stoner history in Washington. The application is perfect for the dabbed out – funny, smart, fun to play with. It’s like a little museum exhibit, except you can look at it while you’re melted into the couch.
Weed road a rollercoaster in popular opinion during that century and change. In 1911, it was called a cure for foot corns. In 1923, after marijuana had been abolished in Washington, the Times referred to it as “Mexican narcotic herbs” and in 1928, stoners were called “’Mary Jane’ Laugh Addicts.”
By 1964, the paper starts mentioning anti-prohibition protestor,s and by the late 60’s the paper itself expresses doubts over the morality of banning weed. The next decades show a violent ebb and flow of public attitude towards the ganj, with a city-wide decriminalization in 1973 lasting only 16 years before being thrown out in the midst of the Reagan and Bush era war on drugs. And then more back and forth until now, when any John or Jane Q. Public can legally toke or dab the day and night away.
You can check out the awesome whatchamacallit right here.