The campy gem known as Reefer Madness is screening at 10:30 p.m. tonight at the history Tampa Theatre, a perfect bit of programming on 420 Day. Today's day is 4/20 and it has beeen adopted in some circles as Weed Day because of the numeral code used by stoners for marijuana.
In a cheeky post on the theater's website, it says that, "Tampa Theatre, on 4/20 for no particular reason, will be screening Reefer Madness in the hopes of educating a whole new generation of at-risk youth about the myriad ways weed and jazz music can destroy their lives." They will also be playing an assortment of classic anti-drug PSAs and public-domain cartoons as free bonuses before the show.
The 1936 propaganda film shows the hilariously melodramatic effects the Devil's lettuce has on teenagers lured by pushers to try marijuana. Everything from a hit and run accident, to suicide, hallucinations, and descent into madness due to marijuana addiction.
You'll find munchies in the lobby. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Others getting in on the 420 action today include a Tampa distiller who released a hemp-flavored vodka today.