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

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WEED with ROOTS in HELL Weird orgies? Wild parties? Unleashed passions? Freaking sign me up. Oh, wait, you're trying to deter me from this plant? Too late. (Also note the completely unrelated scene of people shooting up heroin thrown in for good measure.) Reefer Madness Here are two of the posters from the now-cult classic that started it all. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's a series of completely over-the-top scenes of people being mowed down by stoned drivers, having vivid hallucinations, and suffering fits of violence -- plus a number of other vignettes meant to scare kids straight. In reality, the draw was Dorothy Short, Lillian Miles and the sexy Thelma White as the incorrigible Mae Coleman. The film was considered a flop until it rediscovered in the 1970s by hippies into irony. Continue to more of our vintage guide to anti-marijuana propaganda and reefer madness.
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