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.