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"Reefer Madness" is a 1936 American propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana. Featuring a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness, the film was intended to be shown to parents as a morality tale attempting to teach them about the dangers of cannabis use. The film did not gain an audience until it was rediscovered in the 1970s and gained new life as a piece of unintentional comedy among advocates of cannabis policy reform. Today, it is in the public domain in the United States and is considered a cult film. It inspired an off-Broadway musical satire in 2001, and a film based on the musical in 2005. This version of Reefer Madness is fully restored and colorized.