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Lucas Donnan

Food Scientist

Reefer Madness— A blazing new world: The food science of cannabis

Food Scientist Lucas Donnan discusses the food science of cannabis in preparation for a screening of this hilarious romp through the American establishment’s bottomless paranoia.

FilmScene Iowa City, IA

Film Synopsis

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

    While an anti-drug crusader lectures a group of concerned citizens, the town's innocent teens are drawn into a vice-ridden web of reefers, red-hot jazz, and the insanity they provoke. With frequent detours through frank sexual terrain, director Louis Gasnier and producer George Hirliman (who together comprised G&H productions) proved they were neither saints nor saps when it came to making movies. They brilliantly demonstrate the most basic principle of exploitation: any vice can be indulged to an excessive degree as long as it is cloaked in a wrapper of education.

    Photo credit: George A. Hirliman Productions Inc./20th Century Fox