REEFER MADNESS: First Anti-Drug Propaganda Film–75th Anniversary Ultimate Collection

On April 20, 2010, the unofficial National Pot Day, Walking Shadows will release the 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Reefer Madness, considered to be the first anti-drug propaganda film.

Reefer Madness was the first film to fully inform the public of the dangers of habitual marijuana use. This morality tale lectures parents on how easy is it for wayward students lured by pushers to fall prey to such tragic events as a hit and run accident, manslaughter, suicide, rape, and a descent into general madness, all because of the devil weed.

Indeed, nominally, Reefer Madness was a cautionary tale about the dangers of marijuana-induced psychosis and other illnesses.

But over the years, the poster has become a classic decorating dormitory rooms in colleges across the country

To celebrate the DVD release, the public is invited to attend two screenings-release party of the film at the Vine Theater in Hollywood.


The 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Reefer Madness has over two hours of bonus films and clips including:

  • The Weed of Death! (1924)
  • Cab Calloway in “That Funny Reefer Man” (1936)
  • Betty Boop in “Happy You and Merry Me” (1936)
  • Marijuana: Threat or Menace? (1939)
  • Hemp for Victory (1942)
  • The Pusher (1951)
  • the feature film Marihuana: Sins of Youth (1936)