Marijuana, narrated by Sonny Bono (1968)
Released in 1968: Amid scenes of drug busts, popular singer Sonny Bono explains the pros and cons of using marijuana.
Directed by Max Miller
Written 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 in 1968