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Reefer Madness vs. Fantasia

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In 1968, Dragnet, the Tv series featuring the adventures of fictional cop Sgt. Joe Friday, in the episode titled "The Big High", one of the characters predicted that someday marijuana would become legal.

The 1957 move "The Sweet Smell of Success", used a frame-up marijuana arrest as a way for a character to ruin a young musician's life.

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In the sixties how many hippies got stoned before seeing the re-released movie "Fantasia"?

Since pot was vilified in the thirties and forties, marijuana became a quick, easy way for film script writers to establish that a character was a criminal and deserved a long prison term.

Government lies about the war in South Viet Nam made young people suspicious about the assertion that pot was a very dangerous, illegal drug.

"Reefer Madness" was such heavy handed propaganda that it became a cult favorite.

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The film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" contains one segment that is an exaggeration of inept government anti-pot policy.

Folks who believe that a life sentence for possession of one joint was excessive punishment should hold a film festival featuring pot in the plot.

Obviously the movie "Reefer Madness" would deserve a place of honor in any book that would try to have a definitive list of Hollywood's attempts to propagandize the public's perception about hemp, grass or weed.

This columnist is suggesting that awards expressing disdain and disapproval of the squares perception of reality should be established and they should be called "Clydes" (named after Clint Eastwood's pet orangutang in the film "Any Which Way but Loose).

The first one should be given this week to Jeff Sessions for his philosophy regarding both the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

Could Sessions have inadvertently played into the hands of the people who never wanted the sixties to end?

We will try to hand out a Clyde each week. Your suggestions have been helpful so keep them coming!

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What's next? Pot pills for freaked out pups?

To be continued"


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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)

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There is an old black and white tv commercial showing a housewife coming hoe to her husband who just smoked a joint. They lived in a high rise, and when she entered and discover what he had been doing, he already jumped out the window of this high rise building. The commercial was implying that smoking refer will make you do absurd things like jump out a window for a high rise to kill yourself.

I read that Black musicians were targeted and they created a task force to enforce discrediting them by saying they smoked drugs. It was a scare thing to terrorize the black population.

What gets me, is some stupid white guy says to a bunch of other white guys who are more stupid asking them to do what he asks with no question. And they do it saying why not the money being paid to us is good, and I have to work to help my family. White people will do anything you ask them, I would rather have a snail as a friend and that snail would tell me that saying this just offended him and I agree. You want to get a better reputation, this makes you mad; then act like a human being and be responsible for your actions and people will talk about you with respect. If you are white and not like what I said, well, give it some time and you will be just like the others.

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Two other good movies to see while stoned are 2001: A Space Odyssey (especially the space tunnel scene) and Zappa's 200 Motels.

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