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Korean War (1950-1953)



I first started smoking dope in the 1960s. I bought it off of African-American guys who sold it at the Monarch Rubber Co., where I worked in the lab, for $5 a baggie.  Baltimore was different then when it came to marijuana and drugs. Even the police were different. I had a friend who did sketches for the Baltimore City Police from time to time. When the plainclothes cops would drive by [and] see us walking down the street in Fells Point smoking joints, they’d roll by and say hello. We hung out at No Fish Today, a bar on Eutaw Street. I worked there too. This was when a bar could be both working-class and bohemian: Korean War vets, Vietnam vets, John Waters, even the local...