Marijuana leaves in the state capitol?

So, after hearing many stories about marijuana leaves appearing in the artwork in the Kansas State Capitol rotunda, I decided to investigate the situation for myself while there on “related business” this afternoon.

This is the artwork in question:

And here is a close-up of the leaves, which certainly resemble cannabis foliage:

So, are these reefer leaves, or not?

If you have some historical knowledge of this artwork, please let us know in the comments section…

4 thoughts on “Marijuana leaves in the state capitol?

    1. In 1935, the legislature of Kansas appealed to the U.S. Government to reconsider its new prohibition on hemp, despite it’s “narcotic” tip. In 1935, Hemp was the number one agricultural product of Kansas, so great was its value to Kansas at the time, the dome of the capitol building in Topeka was constructed, our forefathers honored the Hemp plant, and its economic value by adorning the ceiling of the Capital dome with Hemp leaves. In their appeal to the federal government they state that prohibition will economically devastate Kansas. The unknown of this travesty was the “dust bowl” years that plagued the Kansas farm economy for years to come.

  1. Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s-Induced Dementia

    Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s-Induced Dementia
    Ramat-Gan, Israel: The administration of liquid cannabis extracts containing THC is associated with the mitigation of various symptoms of Alzheimer’s related agitation and dementia, according to observational trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Israeli investigators assessed the use of cannabis oil as an adjunct pharmacotherapy treatment in ten Alzheimer’s disease patients over a period of several weeks. Researchers reported that drug administration was associated with a significant reduction in patients’ symptom severity scores. Specifically, cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy, and delusions.

    Investigators concluded, “Adding medical cannabis oil to Alzheimer’s disease patients pharmacotherapy is safe and a promising treatment option.”

    The administration of dronabinol (oral synthetic THC in pill form) has previously been reported to reduce Alzheimer’s-induced agitation, while preclinical studies have theorized that cannabinoids may be neuroprotective against the onset of the disease.

    For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: Full text of the study, “Safety and efficacy of medical cannabis oil for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: An open label, add-on, pilot study,” appears in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    NORML and the NORML Foundation: 1100 H Street NW, Suite 830, Washington DC, 20005
    Tel: (202) 483-5500 • Fax: (202) 483-0057 • Email:

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