STATE OF TEXAS INVESTIGATION REPORT
ALONG THE MEXICAN BOARDER
1917 - - - REPORT OF INVESTIGATION IN THE STATE OF TEXAS
On the traffic in, and consumption of the drug generally known as "Indian Hemp", or Cannabis indica, known in Mexico and States bordering on the Rio Grande River as “Marihuana; sometimes also referred to as “Rosa Maria”, or “Juanita”.
“the physical attack of marijuana upon the body is rapid and devastating. In the initial stages the skin turns a peculiar yellow color, the lips become discolored, dried and cracked. Soon the mouth is affected, the gums are inflamed and softened. Then the teeth are loosened and eventually. If the habit is persisted in, they fall out. “ ---- St. Louis Post Dispatch: April 8, 1934Which makes one wonder where exactly they got that one. Now, as per Dr. DeGanseca (pg 30 of the report) we know:
“On recovery from the effects of the drug the victims remember nothing of what happened while they were under its influence. . . . and their gums may become painful and swollen and sores may appear in their mouths.But no matter, the following presents the facts (or the lies actually) as we see them:
“I will say that my experience is that any one under it’s influence (Marihuana) is very dangerous and a menace to the community in so far as the user is very prone to start trouble, seems to be insensible to pain and shows marked bravery when confronted with real danger. “ --- W, Simpson Sgt. of PoliceAnd while these letters come from actual (Higer-Up) police officials (city of El Paso), still one can’t help but be reminded of a newspaper article out of California:
“They (marihuana users) gave me no little trouble in making the arrests and one of them I drew my pistol to protect myself from a knife which he had and he evidence absolutely no fear but luckily I was able to knock him down without the necessity of shooting him. “ -- T.G. Armstrong -Capt. Of Police.
“It (Marihuana) is a powerful stuff. It is surprising the strength that a human has when under the influence and the confidence he has regardless of the class of trouble. . . I highly recommend this stuff to the Mexican Armies in Mexico, though they are too wise to use it now as their tendency is to loot and hunt, instead of fight. Hence they endeavor to suppress it, yet the war is still on.” --- B. J. Zabriskie Chief of Police
“I have had almost daily experience with the users of for the reason that when they are addicted to the use they become very violent, especially when they become angry and will attack an officer even if a gun is drawn on him, they seem to have no fear, I have also noted that when under the influence of this weed they have abnormal strength and that it will take several men to handle one man where under ordinary circumstances one man could handle him with ease. -- L.L. Hall Captain of Police.
“I have seen many instances during my term as Captain of Police in this city and San Antonio Texas, where crimes were committed that I am positive were due to the fact that the user was under the influence of Marahuana and not in his right mind. To sum the thing up it is very peculiar in effect in that it produces apparently a lust for-blood. The user seems insensible to pain and shows almost superhuman strength when detained or hindered from doing what ever they are attempting to do.” -- J. E. Stowe , Capt. Of Detectives.
Billy Club Fails To Stop Attack Of Marijuana-Filled MexicanHere we leave it up to the reader to believe what was true and what was false. To us these statements seem somewhat fanciful, almost as if their wording was being taken directly from the syndicated newspaper stories coming out of Mexico City at the time. Stories which appear NOT to have come from direct observations, but via hear-say which probably originating from Mexican officials about the rebels and their activities.
“. . . the Mexican Identified . . as Burenaro Narez, 26, kicked at the officer when the latter questioned him concerning the brief case and robe. Whipping his billy club from his pocket (patrolman) Lagomasino struck Narez on the head with such force the baton broke in half. The blow instead of felling the Mexican, seemingly increased his strength and he grappled with the officer in an attempt to obtain the latter’s revolver. Breaking loose from Narez, Lagomasino drew the gun from his holster and struck the enraged man on the head with the butt. Before the officer could again strike the Mexican the latter was making a desperate attempt to wrest the gun from his grasp. Finally succeeding in breaking away, Lagomasino stepped back two feet and fired, the bullet entering Nariz’ abdomen near the right hip. The bullet emerged through the back. ---Sacramento Bee – June 21, 1932 pg 1
|3/16/17||Houston Drug Co||1216-20 Preston||Robert T Gibbs||[W1]|
|3/16/17||Southern Drug Co||1511-1517 Preston Ave N.W.||Bryan B Gilmer, Pres||[W2]|
|3/16/17||Schaefer's Post office Pharmacy||1124 Capitol Ave||Wm, A Schaefer|||
|3/16/17||Bayou City Drug Store||411 Milam||J.P. McDaniels, proprietor|||
|3/16/17||Imperial Drug Store||5918 1/2 Washington||W. L. White||[-]|
|3/16/17||Acme Drug Store||903 San Felipe||R.W. Roof, clerk||[-]|
|3/16/17||Herbert's Drug Store||307 San Felipe||Phil Herbert, Propr||[-]|
|3/16/17||Hoencke Pharmacy||520 Dallas Ave||Mrs Lillie H Gates, mgr|||
|3/16/17||Smith Drug Stores No 1||802 Preston ave||Wheeler W Cunningham, clerk|||
|3/19/17||The Rexall Store||504 Main||Mr. H.J. Placin||(6)|
|3/19/17||Cockrell's Drug Store||300 Main||Abbott Cockrell, Propr||(7)|
|3/19/17||Burgheim's Pharmacy||209 Main||Willard R Karn, Treas||(8)|
|3/19/17||Rouse's Drug Store||619 Main||Samuel Rouse, Propr||(9)|
|3/19/17||Radford Drug Co||319 Main||Jas M Rucker, mgr.||(10)|
|3/19/17||Rice Hotel Drug Store||901-903 Texas Ave||Geo W Cates, clk||(11)|
|Anderson’s Pharmacy||Carter Bldg. 804 Main||(A)|
|Commercial Drug Store||524 Milam||(G)|
|Kiesling A E||504 Main||(B)|
|Kress Building Prescription Pharmacy||705 Main Street||(C)|
|Lewyn’s Drug Store||506 Travis||(H)|
|Overton T V||815 Preston ave||(J)|
|Peoples Pharmacy||815 Prairie ave||(K)|
|Public Drug Co||821 Main||(E)|
|Scanlan Building Pharmacy||401 Main||(F)|
|Smith Drug Co. (Inc)||813 Congress ave||(L1)|
|Viereck Edmund||1417 Congress av||(M)|
|Wilbush C A||813 Congress av||(L2)|
|Woods & Ehrhardt||901 Main||(D)|
“. . . marijuana or Mexican cigarettes, and they are sold chiefly by, the Mexicans among themselves. A report in 1931 by the State Narcotic Bureau showed that 90 per cent of arrests over a period of four months for possession and sale of a few cigarettes were Mexicans, and I venture to say that a majority of Mexicans in the state smoke them to a certain extent. If they create a desire to murder; we would have a great many murders committed by Mexicans. “ -- San Francisco Police and Peace Officers Journal – June 1934 page 25So why indeed weren’t half of all Mexicans, who allegedly made extensive use of Marihuana, not killing off the other half? And for that matter, are we to believe that doctors who at that time were prescribing Medical Cannabis extensively, totally ignorant? ---That they simply hadn’t noticed that their patients were going around grabbing axes and killing people, as the report implies?
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TEXAS REPORT 1917