Chapter 4 - (2nd Edition)
North Carolina


Section 1

The North Carolina Boone collection consists of well over 200 (era 1927 to 1937) medical prescriptions for Cannabis and a few more for compound medicines that made use of Medical Cannabis as one of key their ingredients.

From a historical perspective, the importance of this collection cannot be understated. It literally shows that Medical Cannabis was in use by doctors - right until the end.

Cannabis Prescriptions
Cannabis Prescription Sep 7, 1937
Written just days before the Federal Law took affect

By now many of you have heard the stories that came out of the 1970’s, 1980’s ---- the ones about men dressed in black.   It seems that these ‘Men in Black’ were visiting antique stores and buying up old cannabis antique bottles.   Their purpose, to destroy them, --- to destroy all evidence that Medical Cannabis EVER HAD a medical history.

Ok, sound's a bit far fetched; ---Not to old time antique dealers that were there at the time.   But be that as it may, it is a statement of fact that during the Ronald Reagan administration, numerous Medical Cannabis studies were censored and removed from public viewing (some of which are still censored to this very day). [A]

But whether you believe in this silliness or not (after all would the Narc’s lie to us), is irrelevant.   What is relevant is that numerous public and some private archives/libraries act as if it is true.   If only this author had a ten-dollar bill for every “sanitized” collection that he has seen.   And when I say sanitized, I mean S-A-N-I-T-I-Z-E-D.   Not only has Cannabis been cleaned out, so has just about everything else that we would today term ‘A Control Substance’.[B]

Which brings us to the subject at hand.   All the (North Carolina) prescriptions shown here, ALL came from one source.   Thus, I trust the reader can understand the excitement felt by this author upon realizing that he had stumbled onto a totally untouched collection of old prescriptions.   And the best thing yet, it was dated [1928-1937], aka the early part of the Reefer Madness era.

The story behind this collection is as follows: It seems that a young girl (era late 1930’s, early 1940’s) here in North Carolina, wanted to go on the collage and do something with her life (other than just being a housewife etc).   [Which, this being North Carolina, and given the times, is a story all on its own]   And so she entered one of the few fields women were allowed to enter at the time, pharmacy.

Anyway, she graduated and went on to work in the field, ---- but she was still a SHE and (again given the times) she was expected to clean up the places where she worked at.   And from time to time was told to throw out all the old stuff (old bottles, prescriptions, etc.), which is how this collection came to be.   It seems that she had enough brains to realize that one day - especially with the 1890’s stuff,-- all those old medicine bottles, etc., would make for a good museum collection.

In addition she (pharmacists, even girl [C] pharmacists, were not paid minimum wage), also had the financial means to be able to buy up whole collections from retiring druggists (note in the 1960’s, these collections didn’t cost very much).

As an aside, ---- if your ever in Raleigh N.C., do visit the replica of an old (era 1920’s) pharmacy at the State Historical Museum.   And note that most of the old medicines bottles on display were donated by the above-mentioned individual.
But fortunately for us, she didn’t donate everything to the State Historical Museum, and taking what was left, decided open up her own museum.   Which is how this collection of old prescriptions (which all came from one drugstore) came to be saved and stored away.   And, the (almost) unbelievable, but very fortuitous, part of the story is that these prescriptions were all placed in an unimpressive closed file cabinet, which by shear happenstance was place behind a bottle shelf exhibit.   From what I can tell from the seals used to hold the prescriptions together, I’m probably the first person to have actually examined them since being stored there.   Meaning the author was (in all probability), the first to examine this raw (uncensored) collection --- must have been well over 10,000 of them altogether.   Staring in 1927 (just before the beginning of the reefer madness era) and continuing (same dates missing) up until September 1937.   Which now allows us a perfect opportunity to see how North Carolina physicians were affected by the dis-information campaign against the use of Medical Cannabis.

Because it is so easy to falsify old prescriptions (a subject discussed elsewhere in this book), and due to the vast number (well over 200) Cannabis prescriptions found at this one site, there is no doubt some will accuse us of doing so.   And in truth there is no defense against such an accusation.   There are those who, to this day, still want to believe that Medical Cannabis is the ‘Weed of Madness’, and that it NEVER had any medical use.   All this author can say is that he himself spent many days going over thousands of old prescriptions, initially breaking open string seals on packets (obviously for the first time), and whose condition (by their stickiness from one prescription to one another, and just the dust of ages) made it clear that these were originals.

The museum will create a special page dealing with this subject.
[B]- We can only sigh in sorrow over how many important historical documents have already been destroyed or lost in the name of our present day, anti-Medical Cannabis laws.
[C]- Up until the 1960’s, even women in their 60’s were called girls in this country.


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