The 5 Worst Anti-Drug Movies

After the Mexican Revolution, Mexican immigrants flooded the United States, while introducing the recreational use of marijuana to the American culture. For this reason, the government and public became more concerned about the dangers of marijuana, linking its use to violence, crime, and other inappropriate behaviors. What followed was nearly a decade of anti-cannabis propaganda, convincing the public that marijuana use would lead to insanity or crime. This anti-cannabis propaganda was most famously captured in the classic propaganda film, “Reefer Madness”, which was only followed by a number of other bad anti-drug movies.   

Reefer Madness” is the most popular of these films possibly because it is the worst of the anti-drug movies. Released in 1936, “Reefer Madness” was designed to expose the dangers of smoking marijuana, which could cause “violent, uncontrollable laughter," "dangerous hallucinations," and "monstrous extravagances," and lead to, “shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity." “She Shoulda Said No!” is also one of the worst anti-drug films, featuring actor Lila Leeds, who was actually arrested for possession of marijuana prior to filming. Leeds portrays a chorus girl whose life is ruined after smoking marijuana.


Before Nikki Furrer was a cannabis writer and professional, she had another dream job: owning an independent bookstore. While she says her business venture as a bookseller was ultimately untenable, it did open her eyes to how much she enjoys “matching the reader to the exact book they’re craving.” This zest for matchmaking is evident in her book 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.' As the title suggests, 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis' is for women who are curious about cannabis. A more appropriate title, however, might have been a 'A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis.' Though Furrer touches on applications for the plant that are specific to women—relief of menstrual pain or beauty (though her belief that cannabis is a beauty product because it makes you appear more well-rested seems relevant to both men and women—much of the information in the book is relevant to anyone who is totally inexperienced with cannabis, apprehensive about trying it and needs a run down of the basics.

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