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

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Our newish Colorado Cannabis Time Capsule feature spotlights hysterical pot reporting from days gone by -- from 1937's "School Children Buy Drug" to 1968's "Anti-symbol Hippie Ponders Future in Jail."

Today, in that tradition, we've assembled a gallery of anti-marijuana propaganda from the 1930s to the 1970s. Check out the reefer madness below.

Pulp fiction
These three book covers represent the dozens of cheap dime novels written about marijuana in the 1940s. They all have a very seductive quality about them, drawing the reader in with the cover alone -- only to bash you over the head with melodramatic fables of marijuana-induced insanity.

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

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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

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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