Title

Sifting Through the Hyperbole: One Hundred Years of Marijuana Coverage in The New York Times

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2013

Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

The contemporary media has often portrayed marijuana as a slacker drug; however, this portrayal is somewhat novel. Several scholars have argued in the early 1900s, especially in the 1930s, the media often associated marijuana with violence and mental illness. Another common argument was that marijuana was associated with Mexican immigrants. Conversely, other researchers have argued that these reports were overblown and media accounts of marijuana were not very common until recent years. The current study utilizes recently available on-line archives to conduct a more comprehensive test of how exactly marijuana was depicted in The New York Times from 1851-1950.

Publication Title

Deviant Behavior

Volume

34

Issue

10

First Page

767

Last Page

781