The Drug Culture Gets a Museum

DEA shows off the coolest stuff it has confiscated

Peering into a museum display case in Arlington, Va., Elizabeth James, 15, looks in wonderment at the artifacts spread out before her. The display re-creates the window of a "head shop" from the 1970s. What catches her attention isn't the array of marijuana pipes, rolling papers and bongs; like most American high schoolers nowadays, she's a veteran of drug-education classes from fifth grade onward and has seen it all before, in movies and in classroom programs. No, what interests her are the psychedelic posters pinned to the wall, great swirling designs in Day-Glo colors proclaiming PEACE and LOVE and the other...

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