A Brief History of Marijuana in the Movies

From “Reefer Madness” to “Inherent Vice,” MERRY JANE News takes a look at weed in film.

With marijuana having successfully permeated mainstream culture thanks to the legalization of either medical or recreational weed in 28 states, the leaf has also found a more prominent place in cinema in recent years.  

Whether you “wanna talk to Samson” or just enjoy watching Seth Rogen and James Franco burn cross-joints and run from a vicious drug lord, there’s no denying that Hollywood has come out in favor of cannabis.

However, it wasn’t always that way, as one film in particular, “Reefer Madness,” strongly contributed to the demonization and subsequent prohibition of our favorite herb.

Watch MERRY JANE News’ “A Brief History of Marijuana in The Movies” here and get woke. 


Written on March 01, 2017 by


MERRY JANE is based in Los Angeles, California and is dedicated to elevating the discussion around cannabis culture.