Marijuana smokers generally don’t get the hero treatment in pop culture. People refer to them as “stoners” and believe they’re more likely to eat a family-sized bag of Doritos than be contributing members of society.
This nasty reputation can be traced all the way back to the 1930s, when a propaganda film called “Reefer Madness” caused misinformation about marijuana to run rampant across the globe. The average person believed that one puff would immediately turn him into a long-haired, lazy freeloader with a low IQ — a nuisance with no place in the world.
These falsehoods and inaccurate portrayals led to legislation that outlawed the plant entirely, preventing the science world from exploring its medicinal value. But thankfully, nearly 100 years later, the tides of opinion on marijuana are starting to shift. Read the full article here.