So we just saw someone on facebook claim (in what appears to be all seriousness) that her parents could teach youngins a thing or two about real marriage if they were around, and that when her parents were dating, there were no drugs in culture at the time. Because why not make a casual relationship between current views on marriage and drug use?
Looking at her profile information, we gleaned that she graduated in 1965. Assuming she graduated at 18 like most highschool students, she was born in 1947 (over ten years after the release of the church funded propaganda film Reefer Madness). We’ll be generous and say that her parents had her at a relatively late age (we’ll say 35) and dated early and long as they teenagers. This means they were dating between 1926 at 14 to 1932 at 20.
Tobacco was in heavy use during the 20’s and 30’s. It was even being advertised and prescribed to lose weight and help with conditions like asthma. Further, women were smoking more than previously due to tobacco companies having to alter their marketing strategies towards their now primary market while the men were away during the war. Amphetamines became popular specifically in this time period, where they were made newly available in medications and were often used by students to help study (think today’s student use of adderall to help with schoolwork). Cocaine was enjoying fairly unfettered freedom in unrestricted and unregulated tonic creation and sales. Opium lived under similar regulation, but was also often used for medicinal purposes as morphine. While morphine abuse and addiction became a serious issue in the early 1900’s, people figured a good way to fight it was with heroin. Marijuana was accepted as medicinal during this time period as well and gained popularity as alcohol was made more expensive. It wasn’t until after Reefer Madness came out that it was criminalized. I suppose we have to admit that alcohol was outlawed under prohibition in this time, but, uh, really, we all know how that went down.@3 hours ago with 2 notes
#drugs #silly #no #marriage