A reel-to-reel home movie which allegedly shows Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe smoking marijuana has emerged after 50 years.
The silent film, shot at a private home in New Jersey, was recently purchased by a collector.
Monroe at one point is passed a cigarette, takes a puff, but does not appear to inhale deeply.
The person who shot the film told the Reuters news agency the cigarette contained marijuana.
Collector Keya Morgan recently purchased the film for $275,000 from the film’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The film is believed to date from 1958 or 1959, and shows a happy and relaxed-looking Monroe.
“This is the late 1950s so she is already very famous, but this is a personal side of her we’ve never seen before” said Mr Morgan.
“People have never seen her in such a relaxed pose.”
Mr Morgan is a collector of historical photographs and manuscripts, and is currently working on a documentary about Monroe.
He learned of the film and tracked down the owner, who had kept it as part of an archive that was moved between various homes. In the last three years it had been stored in an attic.
The anonymous owner told Reuters that the cigarette contained marijuana, saying: “I got it [the pot]. It was mine. It was just passed around.”
It is well documented that Monroe struggled with her mental health for years before her untimely death. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that she was using marijuana. It has been discovered that chronic stress may suppress the brain’s production of endocannabinoids and that this can lead to depression-like behavior. Introducing cannabis into the system may help restore normal levels and function, which will ease symptoms of depression.
In those days, marijuana was not widely accepted. States like Missouri, where Marlylin’s mother was from carried the death penalty if one was convicted of selling marijuana to protected individuals. The 1950s saw legislation against marijuana continue to tighten, as well as false convictions, which explains why Monroe would have wanted to keep any usage of the substance quiet. Nowadays, public opinion has changed, so have missouri marijuana laws, and other states are slowly beginning to change legislation to be more accepting. Marijuana is now smoked recreationally and for medicinal use. Marijuana is now widely available; from dispensaries to cannabis delivery services, with a range of online platforms available, including websites such as old27north.com. It is easy for many to access and hopefully use in their fight against depression. Many people do find that marijuana helps them to ease their depressive symptoms, as well as a number of other mental health issues. These days, people are able to smoke their marijuana by using things like this cat glass pipe. This makes it easier for them to properly feel the full effects of marijuana, ensuring that their depressive symptoms do reduce. We do not know for sure if Marylin smoked marijuana for her health, or even smoked it at all. What we do know is that it is not as much of a scandal now as it would have been in her time.
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