Before the United States government passed the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, making the possession and transport of weed a felonious offense, the swine of Hollywood was already doing their part to convince society that all the evils that men do was the result of smoking marijuana.
Some conspiracy theorists believe that these pot propaganda films were paid for by Executive Producer Uncle Sam as a swindle tactic used to instill terror into the American people and frighten God-fearing citizens into believing that a plant was going to infiltrate their neighborhoods and make thieves and whores out of their children.
Others believe these films are just an honest representation of how terrible the writers and filmmakers were back in the late 1930’s B.H. -- that’s Before Hitchcock, kids!
Without a doubt, Reefer Madness has become one of the most infamous marijuana propaganda films ever to be released in the United States. That’s because the hilarious storyline of this 1936 cult classic is set up to scam naïve viewers into buying into the fallacy that chiefing it up on the ornery herb will not only turn even the most upstanding citizen into a suicidal rapist, but it will also transform the clean-cut portrait of an American teenager into a raving-mad killer.
Reefer Madness was originally produced by a religious organization in 1936 under the title "Tell Your Children" for the sole purpose of convincing parents that marijuana was the devil's drug; a weed that only exists to snatch the youth of American up by their souls and pull them straight to hell.
Yet, another 1936 pot propaganda film is an American production simply titled Marihuana. This outrageous movie was directed by Dwain Esper; a man who built his entire movie career slinging exploitation films on a variety of topics including sex, drugs and Adolph Hitler.
In fact, Esper was the producer responsible for purchasing "Tell Your Children" from the religious radicals and distributing it as Reefer Madness on the Hollywood film circuit.
Marihuana is the story of a woman that accidentally finds herself wrapped up in the downtrodden party life with all of those culprit cannabis smokers, and is led down a dark and devastating path of wild orgies, unwanted pregnancy and drug smuggling -- eventually turning into a full-blown needle junkie with a nasty heroin habit.
Assassin of Youth
Assassin of Youth follows closely behind its big screen anti-drug predecessors in its attempt to infiltrate civil society with one message: anyone that smokes pot is doomed to a life of violent, heathen behavior and WILL suffer from extreme guilt and tragedy brought on by acts of whorish promiscuity.
This cautionary weed thriller surrounds a journalist in his quest to hook up with a girl named Joan, while attempting to bring down a wild gang of pot dealers that have violently taken over the town. Incidentally, Joan stands to inherit her grandmother’s fortune if she can successfully adhere to the morality clause defined in the old bird’s will -- a condition that nearly ruins her after she is implicated in an obscene pot-fueled, all-night party.
High on the Range
High on the Range is a silent film short released in 1929 that isn’t as much pot propaganda flick as it is just pure lunacy revolving around “a new kind of cigarette” reeking havoc on the wild, wild west.
“They’re Marihuana weed, a devilish narcotic; and if you smoke them, you go bughouse loco and want to raise hell in general,” warns a concerned rancher.
However, the young cowboy is curious and eager to try it for himself, which turns into an mad eruption of violence, after an old timer expresses his concern for the fact that “there’s too much Marihuana smoking on this ranch..”
This may be the funniest movie about marijuana ever made.
Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.