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March 21, 1941: Tom Treanor says that the war has created a narcotics shortage in Los Angeles, so that many addicts are getting clean and sober or switching to liquor. The evidence is mostly anecdotal, however, and doesn't inlude marijuana use. Police report an increase in drug thefts from doctors and pharmacies, as well as rise in forged prescriptions.
Cuff Notes: Phone Headman Buddy De Sylva at Paramount and ask why, with all the testing, he doesn't look into this column's suggestion that Luise Rainer would be perfect for Maria in "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Jimmie Fidler says.
Drug Fiends Make Crime Wave, 1919
Hallucinations of a Cocaine Fiend, 1889
Heroin on the Daily Mirror
Marijuana on the Daily Mirror