The Santo Domingo Collection gathers together publications ranging from the 16th century to the present day, and from the mass-market to the obscure. Obscure indeed is this week’s feature: a selection of issues from Hawkfrendz, a British fanzine for the science-fiction-tinged space-rock band . Trevor L. Hughes produced Hawkfrendz, one of his several fanzine titles, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. While Hawkfrendz generally dedicates itself to discussion of the band, several of its issues take a different tack: they consist entirely of marijuana propaganda, comic strips, and advertisements, recollected and reprinted. Bearing the cover title Reefer Madness, these issues make no reference to Hawkwind beyond Hawkfrendz copyright statements. Much of the material is propaganda: some is anti-drug, here used to celebrate marijuana use by satirizing its critics, while some argues for legalization. To ease any doubt about his own position on recreational marijuana, Hughes describes Reefer Madness #2 as “compiled and collated entirely under the influence of the Devil’s Weed”.
The movie Reefer Madness is a perfect example of how the media stereotyped and distorted this new drug in order to construct it as a social problem, convincing society that this narcotic was single handedly destroying humanity....
Watch the movie, “Reefer Madness.” Identify the criminological theory that best describes the women. Then, discuss how this view formed the basis for all of today’s drug policy. Conclude with your recommendations for changes to the drug policy.