In 1940s Los Angeles, cannabis was not the subject of comedy movies. It was serious business, and Cole Phelps aims to take that business down in Reefer Madness, the next downloadable content case for L.A. Noire.
These days smoking pot carries far less of a stigma than it did in the 1940s. I attribute this to the fact that snack foods are more readily available today than they ever were. Subduing a wild pot junkie these days involves handing him a bag of chips, making sure he doesn't eat the bag in the ensuing snacking maelstrom.
In the time of L.A. Noire's Cole Phelps, however, pot was much more powerful. Back then the government considered it a high grade truth drug, famously administered to Augusto Del Gracio, an enforcer for gangster Lucky Luciano. Just a few THC-spiked cigarettes and he was singing like a canary about Luciano's heroin operations.
Authorities probably stopped using pot as a truth drug when they realised they couldn't get their suspects to shut up or stop eating all the vending machine snacks.
In Reefer Madness, available July 12 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Detective Phelps must put an end to the vile marijuana trade in Los Angeles once and for all, transforming it into the completely drug-free town it is today.