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December 6, 2012
Jerry Mosey photo

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 1972, file photo, a teenager relights the remainder of a marijuana joint. In 1972 a commission appointed by President Richard Nixon to study marijuana said it should be decriminalized and regulated. Nixon rejected that, but a dozen states in the 1970s went on to eliminate jail time as a punishment for pot arrests. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Drug Enforcement Administration photo

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows a 1930s anti-marijuana movie poster as part of an exhibit at the DEA Museum and Visitors Center which opened May 10, 1999 in Arlington, Va. After the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933, Harry Anslinger, who headed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, turned his attention to pot. He told of sensational crimes reportedly committed by marijuana addicts. “No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a philosopher, a joyous reveler in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer,” he wrote in “Marijuana: Assassin of Youth,” in 1937. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Associated Press photo

FILE - In this May 23, 1966, file photo, people roll joints at a marijuana party near the University of California at Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif. In 2012, Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize and regulate its recreational use. But before that, the plant, renowned since ancient times for its strong fibers, medical use and mind-altering properties, was a staple crop of the colonies, an “assassin of youth,” a counterculture emblem and a widely accepted - if often abused - medicine. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Steve Helber photo

FILE- This April 22, 2009, file photo, shows former President Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va. Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp and puzzled over the best ways to process it for clothing and rope. Indeed, cannabis has been grown in America since soon after the British arrived. Jefferson went on to invent a device for processing hemp in 1815. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

U.s. Department Of Agriculture photo

FILE- This file image made from a film produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during World War II shows the title frame of the movie “Hemp for Victory.” After Japanese troops cut off access to Asian fiber supplies during the war, it released the propaganda film urging farmers to grow hemp and extolling its use in parachutes and rope for the war effort. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Associated Press photo

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 1970, file photo, youths sell marijuana openly from sacks at a banned music festival in Middlefield, Conn. beneath a sign advertising their products as “Mexican Coletus at $10 an ounce.”As the conformity of the postwar era took hold, getting high on marijuana and other drugs emerged as a symbol of the counterculture, with Jack Kerouac and the rest of the Beat Generation singing pot’s praises. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Associated Press photo

FILE - In this March 12, 1941, file photo, Louis Armstrong, wearing a Brooklyn College sweater, performs on the campus in New York as the school honored him with the degree “Doctor of Swing.” Armstrong, a lifelong fan and defender of the drug he called “gage,” was arrested in California in 1930 and given a six-month suspended sentence for pot possession. “It relaxes you, makes you forget all the bad things that happen to a Negro,” he once said. In the 1950s, he urged legalization in a letter to President Eisenhower. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Associated Press photo

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1949 file photo, actor Robert Mitchum, center right, and actress Lila Leeds, left, are sentenced to 60 days in jail on charges of conspiracy to possess marijuana cigarettes in Los Angeles. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Jim Wells photo

FILE - In this file still image made from Nov. 13, 1970, video, soldiers in fire support base Aries, a small clearing in the jungles of War Zone D, 50 miles from Saigon, smoke marijuana using the barrel of a shotgun they nicknamed “Ralph” to get high. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Al Diaz photo

FILE - In this May 18, 1979 file photo, police handcuff a suspect during a drug raid in Miami. Police said eight were arrested and marijuana was seized. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Barry Sweet photo

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1984 file photo, first lady Nancy Reagan sits with a fourth and fifth grade class at Island Park Elementary School on Mercer Island, Wash. where she participated in a drug education class. At left is Amy Clarfeld, 10, and Andrew Cary, 10, is at right. During a visit with schoolchildren in Oakland, Calif., Reagan later recalled, “A little girl raised her hand and said, ‘Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ‘Well, you just say no.’ And there it was born.” On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Dole Campaign photo

FILE - This Sept. 20, 1996 file photo shows a television ad aired by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole’s campaign which includes footage from a 1992 MTV interview of a laughing President Clinton saying he would inhale marijuana if given the chance to relive his college days. The words on the screen read, ”Clinton’s liberal drug policies have failed.” On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Brennan Linsley photo

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, people attending an Amendment 64 watch party celebrate after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment’s passage in Denver, Colo. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.

Spike Nannarello photo

FILE - In this 1997 file photo provided by CBS, Murphy Brown, portrayed by actress Candice Bergen, smokes a marijuana cigarette to quell nausea induced by the chemotherapy used to treat her breast cancer. On the occasion of �Legalization Day,� Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, when Washington�s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the �evil weed� in American history.