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Movie-A-Day #214: Marihuana (1936).

August 2, 2011

On this date in 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act was passed, marking the first significant step in criminalizing cannabis in the United States. The law was the result of mounting public pressure about the dangers of the drug, stoked by church groups, crusading journalists and hilariously goofy roadshow propaganda movies like “Marihuana” and the legendary “Reefer Madness” (which has already gotten the Movie-A-Day treatment).

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