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40 years ago: Small bags of marijuana again found on KU campus

November 16, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 16, 1970:

  • Three command officers had recently resigned from the Lawrence Police Department. Four other policemen at the patrol level had resigned earlier in the year, so the force was expected to be down by at least seven men by the end of the month. Other problems the department was experiencing included a lack of money and a decline in morale.
  • A staff photo showed the big mess on 15th Street between Vermont and Kentucky that resulted when the crew of a garbage truck, having noticed that the truck’s load was on fire, dumped the garbage to prevent damage to the vehicle. The fire chief said that the fire had started when burning garbage had been put in the truck unnoticed.
  • Two small bags of marijuana, numbered 1 and 69 of 100, were found on the Kansas University campus outside Lindley Hall and Snow Hall. One bag had a note attached that read, “Today I have set out 100 bagfuls of choice marijuana.” The note also said that the bags were distributed as a “grass-roots” survey, as the bags which were not turned in to authorities would indicate the percentage of users in Lawrence.

Comments

AnnaUndercover 4 years, 5 months ago

"The note also said that the bags were distributed as a “grass-roots” survey, as the bags which were not turned in to authorities would indicate the percentage of users in Lawrence."

O_o

Um, and as we can see, we've done such a great job getting this dangerous drug off the streets that no reader is familiar with what this article discusses.

We've come a long way, baby.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 5 months ago

"The fire chief said that the fire had started when burning garbage had been put in the truck unnoticed."

Was burning trash in a barrel in the back yard still a preferred way of disposing of trash in Lawrence at that time, as it was in other communities?

Sarah St. John 4 years, 5 months ago

I wouldn't be surprised, Bozo. I had been wondering how they didn't notice that the garbage they were putting into the truck was actually on fire, but smoldering in a barrel -- that could go unnoticed.

I wish you could have seen the picture. Garbage everywhere! When I was very little, I can remember a garbage truck on our street having some sort of malfunction, and dumping the trash out, and the garbagemen having to borrow one of our shovels to pick it up, and how we got the shovel back all dinged up from scraping on the street. Funny what you remember from when you're little!

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