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


"Assassin of Youth" (take two)
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As you can see, there wasn't much originality among the anti-marijuana crowd. This poster promises a "a puff, a part and a tragedy," but the partially topless redhead likely promised boys a glimpse at some skin.

"Assassin of Youth" (take three)

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Though the imagery may be lost on today's public, this poster is making a direct connection between marijuana and the occult -- specifically the worship of Moloch, a god worshiped by ancient people and commonly associated with child sacrifice. So basically it's saying that if society continues to look the other way, pushers will be sacrificing little Johnny and little Suzy to a false idol. You wouldn't want that, would you?

More from our Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule archive: "Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule, 1937: 'A growing social menace.'"


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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 topcommenter

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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