Samuel R. Caldwell
|Samuel R. Caldwell|
A photo of Caldwell after his arrest
|Born||Feb 11, 1880|
|Died||June 24, 1941|
|Criminal penalty||Fined $1,000 and 4 years hard labor|
- "The First Pot POW". Retrieved 2011-03-18.
On the day the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was enacted -- Oct. 2, 1937 -- the FBI and Denver, Colo., police raided the Lexington Hotel and arrested Samuel R. Caldwell, 58, an unemployed labourer and Moses Baca, 26. On Oct. 5, Caldwell went into the history trivia books as the first marijuana seller convicted under U.S. federal law. His customer, Baca, was found guilty of possession.