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Most American Cities Once Had Red-Light Districts
But they didn't last long.
March 15, 2017
Smoking Banana Peels Is the Greatest Drug Hoax of All Time
They called it mellow yellow.
March 14, 2017
In 1914, Feminists Fought for the Right to Forget Childbirth
They had associations and rallies advocating for "twilight sleep."
February 23, 2017
Found: A Drug Catapult at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Have a look at this thing.
February 16, 2017
An extensive, if one-sided, history of U.S. law enforcement's war on drugs.
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Pablo Escobar's Abandoned Secret Island Mansion
Hidden amid the tropical forest in the Caribbean Sea are the decaying ruins of the Cocaine King's luxurious island party home.
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Well-Preserved, 2,500-Year-Old Marijuana Found at Chinese Tomb
Weed has been popular for awhile.
October 05, 2016
In the 1900s, Being a 'Cigarette Fiend' Was a Legitimate Defense for Murder
October 05, 2016
Hitler Probably Spent WWII High on Cocaine and Oxycodone
How the Nazis waged war with the help of illegal drugs.
September 26, 2016
La Manuela Hacienda Ruins
Ripped apart by a bomb in 1993, the shell of Pablo Escobar's infamous vacation house still stands.
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In 2016, the 'First Legal Ayahuasca Church' Got Shut Down. Was It a Scam—or a New Religion?
A Canadian and a Brit had a vision to serve mind-expanding drugs in America.
September 16, 2016
If You Want to Live in a Copenhagen Commune, Get Ready for Red Tape
It's surprisingly tricky to nab a spot in the world’s largest autonomous commune, Freetown Christiania.
September 14, 2016
A Massive Amount of Cocaine Was Found at a French Coca-Cola Plant
The original recipe, as it were.
August 31, 2016
Found: Pot (Lots of Pot) in a Porta-Potty
It's not clear how it got there.
August 12, 2016
Found: An Underground Meth Lab in a Walmart Parking Lot
The Walmart stayed open while police dove down in.
August 10, 2016
A 51-Foot Joint Will Be in Philly for the Democratic National Convention
It's the work of some activists.
July 21, 2016
Police Find Marijuana, Give Facebook Instructions on How Its Owner Can Retrieve It
As the Republican National Convention rages on, police in one Cleveland suburb have some jokes.
July 19, 2016
A Vacant California Prison Was Approved to Be a Massive Marijuana Farm
It's solving a lot of problems.
July 11, 2016
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