A Hilarious 1968 Anti-Marijuana PSA Hosted by Sonny Bono

By the late sixties, anti-drug films adopted a new strategy to reach kids -- skipping the parental rhetoric in favor of an accepting attitude and groovy vibe. In the opening sequence of the short, police raid a house party and arrest hip-looking young people who start yelling arguments in favor of legalizing the drug. It's Sonny Bono's job, after that, to counter each pro-marijuana argument in an understanding, super-relaxed manner. He looks so relaxed, in his shiny, pajama-like suit, that it's hard to imagine he isn't stoned himself. 

This is just an excerpt from the 30-minute film, which is available in its entirety at the Internet Archive

For more films from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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