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Eighty years ago today, on the day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was enacted (Oct. 2, 1937) the FBI and Denver, Colo., police raided the Lexington Hotel and arrested Samuel R. Caldwell, 58, an unemployed labourer and Moses Baca, 26. On October 5, 1937, Caldwell became famous as the first marijuana seller convicted under U.S. federal law. His customer, Baca, was found guilty of possession.

Caldwell was fined $1,000 and spent 4 years doing hard labor for two marijuana cigarettes.

Judge Foster Symes, during sentencing, said, “I consider marijuana the worst of all narcotics, far worse than the use of morphine or cocaine. Under its influence men become beasts. Marijuana destroys life itself. I have no sympathy with those who sell this weed. The government is going to enforce this new law to the letter.”

Sam Peterson
Sam Peterson
I treat my bone spurs with pot, weed, dope, marihuana and other forms of the cannabis plant.


  1. Avatar Angeles says:

    It never ceases to amaze me what lies, damage and impunity white men with cushy government-paid jobs (ie the judge, in this case) can get away with, without a shred of evidence to back him up, meanwhile the poor working class, who are in most need of stress and pain relief ,are never even given a chance to defend themselves….

    Folks, face it, “the unbearable whiteness of cannabis legislation” HAS TO GO if true freedom & social justice has ANY meaning in America.

    Free the slaves!!!! Emancipation NOW!

  2. Avatar Angeles says:

    “NEVER forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’.”

    – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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