A Man with a Flashlight


The Terrible Truth
April 23, 2007, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Drug Prohibition

A 1951 anti-cannabis propaganda film that is less wild-eyed than you expect:

Of course, considering it’s a reefer madness flick, much of the film is realistic, and the drug problem it describes needs to be addressed. That’s far truer now than it was in 1951.

But addressing the problem means being honest and serious about the dangers of cannabis, which are relatively few.

The terrible truth is, we are spending $35 billion a year on drug prohibition, the current focus of which is a drug that 95 million Americans admit to trying, that doesn’t cause crime, and which has never killed anyone by overdose.

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