These films disregard the tacit commitments to the plausible, and proceed without tact, without a clue, without anything that effectively resembles the experience of smoking a real joint.

Prejudices, funny looks and confusion: At times, cinema also served as a propagator of stigmatizing discourses. In fact, in 1934, an official production code was created in the United States (with the complicity of the major film studios) to determine what could be seen on screens and what could not.

Known as the Hays Code, regulated via the MPAA (Motion Pictures Association of America), the American government and the studios established a set of rules that were intended to become a self-imposed censorship system that violated Hollywood’s natural style.

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