Photos: Anti-marijuana propaganda -- a vintage guide to reefer madness


"Marijuana -- The Black Devil Weed"
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There's something awesomely campy about this joint-toking devil holding a busty broad by the waist. This is one of my all-time favorites and one I've been looking for as an addition to my own personal artwork collection.

Hemp for Victory

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Cannabis propaganda of another kind: a pro-cultivation message about then-legal hemp in the name of supporting U.S. troops in World War II. Of course, the majority of people at this time didn't associate harmless hemp with "tobacco negro del Diablo".

"Assassin of Youth"

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The corruption of kids is a constant theme in a lot of these fliers, pulp books and movie posters, though not always as blatantly as the one above from the Narcotic Educational Foundation of America. It's more of a poster for identifying marijuana growing illegally, so people could more-easily narc on their neighbors.

Continue to more of our vintage guide to anti-marijuana propaganda and reefer madness.


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11 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It just goes to show how stupid and easily influenced society 'was' not so long ago ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Has anyone yet collected these materials for Reefer Madness doctor Christian Thurstone's future lectures?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

MMIG = the Marijuana Mob


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Any photo of a typical slack-jawed drooling Stoner habitué of Denver's Dankest Dispensaries is a much stronger Anti-marijuana message than those old posters above -- which actually portray dopers as normal by comparison.

hth 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Christian Thurstone = Reefer Boy

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Why show the vintage guide? Just link to all of Wastewords anti cannabis pro government propaganda. Oh, sorry you guys call that reporting.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Why show the vintage guide? Just link to all of Wastewords anti cannabis pro government propaganda. Oh, sorry you guys call that reporting.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Why show the vintage guide? Just link to all of Wastewords anti cannabis pro government propaganda. Oh, sorry you guys call that reporting.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Charles Gleason Feeling like a "soul mate" of Corey Donahue?

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