Back in the day these 8 things were legal

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1. Drinking and Driving

Its a front to lure us in so the cops can profit on large fees. I knew it.

While driving while intoxicated has been illegal for decades, driving while actually consuming alcohol was not necessarily so. Increasing numbers of states began enacting “Open Container Laws” and the federal government requires states to have open container laws as of 1998 (TEA-21), however. Prior to this law, driving while chugging your favorite malt beverage was perfectly cool, as long as you could recite the alphabet backwards.

2. Child Abuse

Yes, this really happened.

As the story goes, the very first case of child abuse was prosecuted under animal abuse laws in 1874, because there was no law against beating one’s children. This is not quite accurate, however, being based largely on newspaper reports of the time that over-played the involvement of a private citizen who was involved with an animal rights organization. She was actually found guilty of Felonious assault.

3. Lobotomies

Up until the 1960?s it was not only legal to lobotomize people against their will, but considered reasonable treatment for mental illness. These days many people prefer to spend their days in a daze, for all purposes lobotomizing themselves with excessive drink and drugs, but this is a personal choice and does have the specific benefit of recovery.

4. Murder

There have been, in fact, many instances in the past in which it was perfectly legal to murder another human being. For instance, for a time during the late 1800?s in the “Wild West”, it was not only legal to kill Native Americans, but was in fact encouraged with a monetary reward. And before that, in the days of slavery, slave owners could do whatever they wanted with their property including murder, the only consequence being financial loss.

murder was the case that they gave me

5. Marrying Your Cousin

This was disturbingly common practice within royal families in previous centuries. Although it may in fact still be common practice in some unnamed Appalachian states, we sure aren’t going to go looking for a Deliverance sort of experience to find out. Lets just say that Marrying your first cousin is no longer legal in any state, for very good reason. And that reason is not that you’re cousin resembles a hedgehog.
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These 5 Things Used to Be Legal : COED Magazine.

6. Opium


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Opium is the crudest form and also the least potent of the Opiates. Opium is the milky latex fluid contained in the un-ripened seed pod of the opium poppy. As the fluid is exposed to air, it hardens and turns black in color. This dried form is typically smoked, but can also be eaten. Opium is grown mainly in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Afghanistan. Today opium is sold on the street as a powder or dark brown solid and is smoked, eaten, or injected.

Opium is highly addictive. Tolerance (the need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect) and physical and psychological dependence develop quickly. Withdrawal from opium causes nausea, tearing, yawning, chills, and sweating. San Francisco first banned opium dens in 1875, and California restricted opium possession in 1907.  The 1914 Harrison Narcotics Tax Act effectively outlawed the drug throughout America. Today, drugs derived from the opium poppy, such as morphine and codeine, are legal but heavily restricted.

7. Peyote


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Peyote is a small, spineless cactus in which the principal active ingredient is mescaline. This plant has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States as a part of religious ceremonies. Mescaline can also be produced through chemical synthesis. The top of the peyote cactus, also referred to as the crown, consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried. These buttons are generally chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid. The hallucinogenic dose of mescaline is about 0.3 to 0.5 grams, and its effects last about 12 hours. Because the extract is so bitter, some individuals prefer to prepare a tea by boiling the cacti for several hours. It  has been used by Native American religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Peyote use was outlawed in several US states in the 1920s and 30s, but remained legal in most of the US throughout the 1960s and was often shipped interstate to interested parties. Mescaline was restricted by Congress under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. Currently, members of the federally-recognized Native American Church are exempt from criminal penalties for peyote use, as long as further state restrictions do not apply.

8. Ecstasy

MDMA (Ecstasy) is an illegal synthetic drug, which acts as a hallucinogen and stimulant. Its chemical structure (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is similar to two other synthetic drugs, MDA and methamphetamine, which are known to cause brain damage. It was originally developed as a diet aid, but was also used experimentally during counseling because of its ability to remove individual’s inhibitions.Ecstasy also became popular in non-therapeutic settings, particularly nightclubs, and in 1985 was put under an ‘emergency ban’ and became a Schedule I controlled drug.

 

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