DC Dept of Health Mimics ‘Reefer Madness’ Film with Over-the-Top Zombie Ad

You might be familiar with Reefer Madness, the drug war film from the 1930s that has become a cult classic because of its over-the-top scare tactics about marijuana. Generations have laughed at the film’s cartoonish hysteria, with young students portrayed committing acts of violent lunacy after smoking a joint with their friends. Rather than educating young people about marijuana, Reefer Madness is widely seen as the epitome of unreliable and exaggerated propaganda.

The District of Columbia’s Department of Health seems to have a taken a page directly from Reefer Madness for its new advertising campaign, suggesting a synthetic form of marijuana known as “K2” or ”Spice” will turn people who use it into “zombies.”

The ads recently made their debut on the DC Metro, and are wacky enough to look like a parody. Teenagers – presumably under the influence and grotesquely made up to look like “Walking Dead” extras – pose in various stages of decay with captions like “No One Wants to Take a Zombie to the Prom.” Seriously?

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.

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  1. Anonymous on

    K2 and stuff like that is very bad. Kids here in Sweden rather use that shit instead of real cannabis because it’s not classified, wich Cannabis is over here and very much so as well its “the same thing as heroin” and police can arrest anyone they want and force them to leave a urine/blood sample just because you “look” stoned. After that u will loose your drivers licens for atleast 12months, because of “flashbacks” that will make u start trippin while ur driving.

    So over here ppl use it because they’ll get a warning for smoking K2 and disgusting shit like that, and they’ll get their life ruined for a few years because they smoked cannabis.

  2. Anonymous on

    K2 and stuff like that is very bad. Kids here in Sweden rather use that shit instead of real cannabis because it’s not classified, wich Cannabis is over here and very much so as well its “the same thing as heroin” and police can arrest anyone they want and force them to leave a urine/blood sample just because you “look” stoned. After that u will loose your drivers licens for atleast 12months, because of “flashbacks” that will make u start trippin while ur driving.

    So over here ppl use it because they’ll get a warning for smoking K2 and disgusting shit like that, and they’ll get their life ruined for a few years because they smoked cannabis.

  3. Anonymous on

    Agree people should not smoke fake weed. People should smoke only real weed.
    That synthetic k2 stuff gives me a headache. Real cannabis grown from the grown is the only way to go.

  4. Mrs. RatsRectum on

    It’s the prohibitionists’ fault that synthetic pot ever came into being. Now, it’s a fact. The subtext message of their zombie ads is for people to use the real deal. Smoking or vaporizing real cannabis will not turn you into a zombie, as a former U.S. drug czar years ago mentioned about the stoned zombies in Vondelpark (Amsterdam). There may be some stoned people in Vondelpark, but they don’t act like zombies. I mean, you see young and olds couples and people walking in the park paths, some skateboarders, bike riders, power walkers, joggers and what have you. If you go there on 4/20 when there is a big pot festival going on, maybe there are some people who are drinking some alcohol or something else, maybe some space cake newbies usually buitenlanders (foreigners) but that in no way is most of the people, and it’s definitely not every day. People aren’t just walking around like zombies in Amsterdam.

    Anyway, medical marijuana in DC is legal now so the public can see marijuana does not turn you into a zombie.