Seattle Musical Theater


Reefer Madness-the Musical

The Leafy Green Assassin of Youth

Reefer Madness originally was a 1936 movie, financed by a church group, to warn parents, not about demon rum, as this was after prohibition had failed, but against marijuana use. The film coincided with an attack by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics, culminating in a Federal tax in 1937 which was opposed by the AMA, N.B. it has been listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1850 until 1942, during which time it was prescribed for labor pains, nausea and rheumatism.

In the 1970’s the film became a cult classic of misinformation as the baby-boomers embraced marijuana as a pathway to spiritual enlightenment. Kevin Murphy, Dan Studney turned this campy movie into a musical, which opened at Seattle Musical Theatre this past Thursday.

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