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Marijuana, narrated by Sonny Bono (1968)

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Sonny Bono in the movie short, Marijuana

Released in 1968: Amid scenes of drug busts, popular singer Sonny Bono explains the pros and cons of using marijuana.

Directed by Max Miller

The Actors: Sonny Bono (narrator)


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Ahhhh, 1968. 'Baby Boomers' were becoming adults, and we created a wild and outrageous lifestyle that is still regarded as very unique times. The Viet Nam War was raging . . . . er . . . excuse me . . . I mean the 'conflict' - war was never declared on Viet Nam. We were experimenting with LSD, marijuana, pills and much more. We were questioning and challenging every statement that the old fogies - the 'establishment' was telling us as fact. We had outstanding music, from the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel, Herb Alpert, Steppenwolf, The Fifth Dimension, The Doors, The Bee Gees . . . and this singing duo called Sonny and Cher. I distinctly remember hearing them singing on the radio, and was very perplexed. One of the singers was supposed to be a guy, and one a girl . . . but from the radio I couldn't tell clearly which was which. Later they got a television show that was always part of my evening television schedule and I learned to recognize their voices well. I had never seen this 30 minute movie narrated by Sonny Bono, who explained in candidly frank terms a lot of the truth and myth about marijuana. This isn't a heavily slanted propaganda piece like the 1936 Reefer Madness, but rather a relatively balanced view of the subject. Is it my imagination, or does Sonny look like he's maybe enjoyed a toke or two before calmly explaining the differences between smoking weed and drinking beer? No matter, this is a great blast from the past for baby boomers, and today's kids that want to see what all the fuss was about in 1968.

Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono, 1968
Sonny Bono in 1968
Sonny Bono
Sonny Bono