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Cannabis, Society & Those Movie Munchies

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Society’s attitude towards cannabis has certainly grown (so to speak) over time. Used for millennia around the world as medicine, spiritual aid, and raw material for everyday products, it was raised by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson before becoming commonly prescribed by American doctors and sold in U.S. pharmacies as early as the 1850s. By the 1880s, every major city on the East Coast had a hash bar.

But in 1906, it was put on a list of narcotic “poisons” and formally prohibited in the 1920s, primarily in response to the influx of Mexican workers who got high on their off hours. In 1970, it was outlawed to control the burgeoning hippy and newly-empowered black populations.

Nothing struck fear in the hearts of American parents better than the 1936 film ‘Tell Your Children”, later renamed ‘Reefer Madness’ - ironically released three years after the end of alcohol Prohibition. It was released in partnership with the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics as part of a nation-wide anti-drug campaign.

By the early 80s, several states had changed their views on medical marijuana. In 1988, DEA judges changed its legal classification. California was the first to decriminalize and then legalize. Washington and Colorado eventually followed suit. Today, marijuana is legal medically in 35 states and recreationally in 15.

In 2017, pot became legal nationwide in Canada, as it is medically and/or recreationally now in over 40 countries around the globe.

With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most excellent stoner films of all time:

  1. Cats

  2. The Midnight Gospel (TV)

  3. Adventure Time (TV)

  4. Russian Doll (TV)

  5. The Big Lebowski

  6. Enter the Void

  7. Smiley Face

  8. Fantasia

  9. Friday

  10. Half-Baked

  11. How High

  12. The Wash

  13. Thor Ragnarok

  14. Alice in Wonderland

  15. Alice Through The Looking Glass

  16. Super Troopers

  17. Pineapple Express

  18. Cheech and Chong Up In Smoke

  19. Cheech and Chong‘s Nice Dreams

  20. Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

  21. Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

  22. Your Highness

  23. Year One

  24. Dazed and Confused

  25. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

  26. Brazil

  27. This Is The End

  28. Hot Fuzz

  29. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  30. Pink Floyd The Wall

  31. Zombieland

  32. Mallrats

  33. The Night Before

  34. Wet Hot American Summer

  35. Fritz The Cat

  36. Dude Where’s My Car

  37. Wanderlust

  38. Fast Times at Ridgemont high

  39. The Grand Budapest hotel

  40. Reefer Madness (just for fun)


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