YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT RISK
From the evil of the
HOT TAMALE PUSHCART PEDDLER
What else besides Ice Cream, Frankfurters and Hot Tamales is that pushcart peddler selling? Could it be 'reefers," those funny little cigarettes with, "an extra kick" to them? But known to narcotic police officials as "the Assassin of Youth," "the Killer Drug," or simply as the "Weed of Madness."
Yes, Those HOT TAMALE pushcart peddlers, lurking just around the corner from your child's local schoolyards, these ghoulish peddlers may, YES JUST MAY, be selling Medical Marihuana to YOUR VERY OWN CHILD. After all, would the narc's lie to you?
WHAT THE NARC'S WERE CLAIMING
In Birmingham, Ala., a hot-tamale salesman had pushed his cart about town for five years, and for a large part of that time he had been peddling marijuana cigarettes to students of a downtown high school. His stock of the weed, he said, came from Texas and consisted, when he was captured, of enough marijuana to manufacture hundreds of cigarettes. --American Magazine "Marijuana, "assassin of youth" By H.J Anslinger - July 1937
What is the effect of this drug that has been the excuse offered for atrocious attacks, for robberies, thefts, and murder? Here we have the reaction of an eighteen-year-old boy: --- "While walking up around the curb market in Atlanta, Georgia, I passed the stand of the hot tomale man who asked me: 'Do you want any hot tomales?' I said, 'Don't you have anything stronger?' He said, 'Yes,' and sold me two marihuana cigarettes for twenty-five cents. I had never seen this kind of cigarette before. I smoked one of them and it gave me a headache. Then I smoked the other one and began to feel it. My mind changed in a queer sort of way. I craved some more of the cigarettes, and, not having any money, I pawned my shoes for one dollar and bought a bag of dried leaves to roll my own. --- "After a couple more cigarettes, I began to feel like I was on top of the world. I would walk up to anyone and ask them for anything without any hesitancy. Then I felt like I would do something desperate. --- "However, I was very tired and fell asleep. I stayed asleep for two whole days and nights." --National Parent-Teacher (PTA) - May, 1938
An Atlanta boy who robbed his father's safe of thousands of dollars in jewelry and cash. Of high-school age, this boy apparently had been headed for an honest, successful career. Gradually, however, his father noticed a change in him. Spells of shakiness and nervousness would be succeeded by periods when the boy would assume a grandiose manner and engage in excessive, senseless laughter, extravagant conversation, and wildly impulsive actions. When these actions finally resulted in robbery the father went at his son's problem in earnest - and found the cause of it a marijuana peddler who catered to school children. The peddler was arrested. --Marijuana, assassin of youth By H.J Anslinger - July 1937
The reactions of a beginner are shown in this STENOGRAPHIC COPY of a report from the police of Atlanta, Georgia, who found a youth wandering about the streets, barefooted: "While walking up around the curb market in Atlanta. I passed the stand of the hot tamale man, who asked me: "Do you want any hot tamales? "DO said: Don't you have anything stronger? He said: Yes, and sold me two marihuana cigarettes for twenty-five cents. I have never seen this kind of a cigarette before. I smoked one of them and it gave me a headache. Then I smoked the other one and began to feel it. My mind changed in a queer sort of way. I crave some more of the cigarettes, and, not having any money, I pawned my shoes for one dollar and bought a bag of dried leaves to roll my own. After a couple more cigarettes, I began to feel like I was on top of the world. I would walk up to anyone and ask them for anything without any hesitancy. Then I felt like I would do something desperate. However, I was very tired and fell asleep. I stayed asleep for two whole days and nights." --Inside detective Nov 1937
A high school boy in Atlanta, Georgia, stole thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from his father's safe. Prior to this act of base ingratitude it had been noticed that the boy was subject to rapid and seemingly inexplicable changes in temperament and conduct. Periods when he manifested an exaggerated ego, characterized by a grandiose manner and extravagant conversation, were followed by spells of shakiness and despondency. When the robbery of his father's store finally climaxed his peculiar actions, an investigation traced the cause of the crime to a marihuana peddler who catered to school children. --Moloch Of Marihuana (1945) Robert James Devine
THE LEGEND OF THE HOT TAMALE(et al), PEDDLER
As can be seen from the following quotations, the Hot Tamale Pushcart peddler was not the only threat facing your children during the Reefer Madness Era:
Perhaps these two versions (I suspect plagiarism) of what seems to be the same story [1938, 1952], respectably, best detail the legend. The Story of Baptiste, the New Orleans Marihuana Peddler, taken from “Science Speaks to Young Men” , and of Johnny C., taken from “The Narcotic Menace” , provided a relatively good write-up of the popular belief of the time.
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WHAT WAS THE TRUTH?
Today even the narc’s now grudgingly admit that most Medical Marihuana Addicts were first introduced to Medical Marihuana via friends or (in the case of Cancer patients) via their physicians.
However, according to newspaper accounts there were indeed pushcart peddlers (hot tamale or otherwise) who did peddle reefers during the 1920’s and 30’s. So what is the truth, was the legend of the pushcart peddler all a myth or was it a fact? As ‘Elvira, the mistress of the dark’, would say; ‘Tell me and we'll both know.”
MAD #4 - April/May 1953
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