Reefer Madness (originally made as Tell Your Children and sometimes titled as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth, and Love Madness) is a 1936 American propaganda film about drugs revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, conspiracy to murder, attempted rape, hallucinations, and descent into madness from marijuana addiction. Louis J. Gasnier was the director of this film, which featured mostly unknown actors. The original funding for the film came from a church under Tell Your Children. It was originally intended to be shown as a morality tale to parents to help them understand the dangers associated with cannabis. The film stands out because it is the only time in Hollywood that the generations gap between the Lost Generation (and the Greatest Generation) is shown. Soon after the film was shot, it was purchased by producer Dwain Esper, who re-cut the film for distribution on the exploitation film circuit, exploiting vulgar interest while escaping censorship under the guise of moral guidance, beginning in 1938–1939 through the 1940s and 1950s. The movie was “rediscovered”, and became a satire by advocates for cannabis policy reform.
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