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Marihuana(1936)

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Although no contemporary reviews were found for this film, records of the New York State Censor Board state that it was rejected for exhibition in New York in December 1936 under the titles Pitfalls of Youth and Sinister Weed. The credits roll in front of drawings of naked women holding marijuana cigarettes surrounded by clouds of marijuana smoke. The foreword states, "For centuries the world has been aware of the narcotic menace. We have complacently watched Asiatic countries attempt to rid themselves of DRUGS CURSE, and attributed their failure to lack of education. We consider ourselves enlightened, and think that never could we succomb to such a fate. But-did you know that-the use of Marihuana is steadily increasing among the youth of this country? Did you know that-the youthful criminal is our greatest problem today? And that-Marihuana gives the user false courage and destroys conscience, thereby making crime alluring, smart? That is the price we are paying for our lack of interest in the narcotic situation. This story is drawn from an actual case history on file in the police records of one of our large cities. Note: MARIHUANA, Hashish of the Orient, is commonly distributed as a doped cigarette. Its most terrifying effect is that it fires the user to extreme cruelty and-" [the film's story is apparently the "foreword's" conclusion]. The viewed print states, "Research with the help of Federal, State and police narcotic officials." The film's later narrative expresses the U.S. federal enforcement's futile attempts to suppress increased marijuana traffic. A modern source lists this film's title as Marijuana, Devil's Weed and gives a release year of 1938. The modern source describes the first reel of this film as consisting of "dancehall mania, sex-laden dope parties emphasized with bobbing breasts and nude beach scenes, and hilarious inhaling." A Mexican film entitled Marihuana, El Monstruo Verde (Marihuana, the Green Monster) was released in June 1936 and is unrelated to this film. The 1950 film Marihuana made in Argentina by Sono Films is also unrelated to this film.