Have you ever heard of “Reefer Madness”? It has been called at best runner-up to “Plan 9 From Outer Space” as the worst film ever made, and at worst, the “granddaddy of all worst movies”. It was made in 1936 financed by a church group as a propaganda film and originally titled “Tell Your Children”, also sometimes shown as “The Burning Question, “Dope Addict”, “Doped Youth” and “Love Addict”.
The movie revolves 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, to suicide to hallucinations and even descent into madness due to marijuana addiction. The film was intended to show parents the dangers of cannabis use. It went around the B movie circuit through the 1940’s and 50’s and was re-discovered in the 70’s as a satire. Who would have thought back then our civic officials would be wrestling with how to deal with the fact our federal government decided to legalize cannabis for recreational use in the year 2018? Who gets to sell it? Who controls its sale? Where should it be sold? What should be the legal age? How much of the revenue should each of the three levels of government receive? Should tobacco rules apply? Or alcohol? What about driving? So many questions, so many opinions on these “burning questions”.