Here’s What It Looked Like When Marijuana Was Growing All Over Brooklyn

By Ben Yakas
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“Potential reefers–Assistant Borough Superintendent Arthur McMahon and Chief Inspector John E. Gleason supervising the destruction by Sanitation Department men of a clump of marijuana discovered.”(Brooklyn Public Library)
In 2014, the Brooklyn DA is fighting against the state just to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. It’s hard to believe, but up until about 1951, Brooklyn was a veritable marijuana mecca where cannabis grew all over Williamsburg, East New York and Cobble Hill.
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