Marijuana inspired the Jazz Age. It is one of weed’s great legacies.
After the carnage of the Great War, Americans in 1918 turned away from world affairs. Women were marching in city and town streets around the USA, and in 1920, women voted nationally for the first time. Not a coincidence, alcohol prohibition took effect January 1920, as the women also led an anti-alcohol movement. The Eighteenth Amendment.
Alcohol prohibition sparked a revolution in art. Music, painting, dance, centered in Harlem, in Upper Manhattan, NYC. Clubs sold “marihuana cigarettes.” Weed was the recreational drug of choice.
Music revolutionaries whose jazz changed the music world emerged from a cloud of weed smoke - Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, "Jelly Roll" Morton, King Oliver, Charlie Parker, Ma Rainey, Fletcher Henderson, Earl "Fatha" Hines, James P. Johnson, Art Tatum and Fats Waller.
And of course, Cab Calloway.