"Marijuana": A 1968 government film starring a spaced-out Sonny Bono


Richard Metzger says: "Sonny Bono seems more than a little stoned in this US government anti-marijuana film from 1968. It includes an hilarious final piece to camera (which looks edited to best comic effect) where Bono trips over his words, as he tells the audience."

Well now, you’ve heard from both sides of the question, but what you do with your life is up to you.

If you become a pothead you risk blowing the most important time of your life: your teen age. That unrepeatable time for you to grow up and to prepare for being an adult that can handle problems, and make something meaningful out of life.

Or, you have the choice to have the courage to see and deal with the world for what it really is - far, far from perfect but for you and for me the only one there is.

While it’s true that some of you will actually go to the moon and perhaps other planets, it’s also true that in a few short years, this world will be your establishment, and you will be the Establishment and what you do or don’t do about it will be your scene. Your the generation with the brain power and the opportunity to do more for the human needs of this world than any other generation in history.

Let’s hope your teenage children don’t have too much criticism of what you did or didn’t do because you were on pot.”

Corniness aside, this seems like a fairly well-balanced and enlightening film about drug use.

"Marijuana": A 1968 government film starring a spaced-out Sonny Bono

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  1. My teenage children are going to be really critical of me when I tell them I got high and played video games.

  2. “Let’s hope your teenage children don’t have too much criticism of what you did or didn’t do because you were on pot.”

    So, can we blame Boomers that smoked pot in their teen years for the financial crisis? Someone call the DEA. We’ve got a great anti-drug campaign.

    1. So, can we blame Boomers that smoked pot in their teen years for the financial crisis?

      We should actually blame the person more directly responsible then anyone, and that person would be Ronald Reagan.

  3. I first came into contact with this quaint film about six years ago via Fantoma’s “Educational Archives” DVD box set. The visual quality of these public service films is usually quite horrendous, with most of the primary colors washed out after years of school over-use. In my opinion, Sonny Bono never did wrong. Everything he touched was cultural gold

  4. In a few years you will be the establishment, at which point you will admit you smoked, but claim you didn’t inhale.

    Then the next generation will become the establishment and a man running for president will have the balls to admit he even did cocaine!

  5. first off,this video’s too long. second, marahootchie is a gateway drug; reduces motivation; reduces sperm coutn…need I go on? me3ical maryjane, yeah right.

    1. marahootchie is a gateway drug; reduces motivation; reduces sperm coutn…need I go on? me3ical maryjane, yeah right.

      Because no “real” medicine has side effects or can lead to abuse? I mean, when I think of “safe and completely unlikely to be abused,” I think of things like amphetamines (Adderall) and synthetic opiates (Oxycontin). Oh, wait – that’s not true at all. But it’s obvious you aren’t willing to take a balanced look at “marahootchie.”

  6. I’m kinda glad, because even if it was 1968, this movie is far more true than most of those they show us today.
    However, the “tripping” effect of pot seems very exaggerated to me (or maybe they didn’t have the same kind of pot back in the days ^^ ?). I do work on pot, most of the time. As a computer engineer.

    When you can’t solve a logic problem, you occasionally get a little pissed, and pot is a great way to quiet the anger. And get a whole new fresh look to the matter : you then find in yourself the solution that anger or mental exhaustion kept you from finding before.
    And mental exhaustion is something you get to know a lot when you’re working almost 24/7 (which is not that rare for a computer engineer).

    So first of all : no, marijuana does not reduce motivation. When I’m just too exhausted to do some productive work, I just smoke a spliff… and I’m back in the game !

    Second : it is not a gateway drug. It’s just the first drug “drug-addicts” happen to use, because it’s the easier to find.

    And last but not least : about the addiction… seriously : of course it’s addictive. EVERYTHING is addictive. Marijuana is not more addictive than fast-food, or chocolate… and it’s EXACTLY the SAME kind of addiction.s

  7. “Teen Age” is NOT an “unrepeatable time.” I know PLENTY of potheads that spend the bulk of their lives repeating again and again those “teen age” years, at least in terms of activity and responsibility.

  8. I’ve chosen to smoke Ganga since I was 18 yrs old. I just turned 48. You might say I’m a healthy, functional pothead–I don’t drink alcohol and occasionally I take an Advil for menstrual cramps as far as pharmaceuticals are concerned. In that time period, I successfully completed college w/3.2 GPA with 1 major and two minors. I worked three part-time jobs while attending college full-time as well as cared for my son as a single parent (without public funding). Currently, I work two jobs (because I have to), serve on the BOD of a local leadership program AND guess what? ALL while under the influence of marijuana. How’s that for reduced motivation! Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it!

  9. “it is not a gateway drug. It’s just the first drug “drug-addicts” happen to use”

    HAHAHA! Addicts never change do they? “Why no, [insert drug name here] isn’t harmful and I’m an addict. It, [insert drug name here] just helps me to help focus. I *need* a little [insert desired effect] once in a while to get through [insert social stressor] and [insert relationship issue]. Life is such a drag.

    Everyone does it.

    1. Hey that works well.
      Watch this:

      “HAHAHA! Addicts never change do they? “Why no, television isn’t harmful and I’m an addict. It, television, just helps me to help focus. I *need* a little television once in a while to get through [insert social stressor] and [insert relationship issue]. Life is such a drag.

      Everyone does it.”

      “Addiction” is a word with magical powers, is it not?

      It is also nice to see that you care so much for the spiritual welfare of your fellow citizens, too.

  10. I stole a 16mm print of this From my high school before I graduated in 2002. My version has Some weird cheesy Dracula movie scenes spliced randomly.

  11. Hey folks,

    Skip from A/V Geeks Film Archive here (the folks who put out the Educational Archives DVDs).

    That wasn’t made by the government. It’s made by Avanti Films – a company that made and sold educational films to schools, military bases, libraries, etc.

    Most education films weren’t made by the government.

    Another great Avanti film is LSD-Insight or Insanity? featuring the voice of Sal Mineo.

    1. The great white north opined.
      “”Addiction” is a word with magical powers, is it not?”

      It’s a word, just like other words, that serves to label a very nasty disease.

      “It is also nice to see that you care so much for the spiritual welfare of your fellow citizens, too.”

      Don’t be silly hun, of course I do. Who put a bee in your bonnet anyway? Oh well… it’s not such a big deal. If anon needed my advice I’d gladly give it in a heart beat. I just find the ability of addicts to deny reality quite amazing. There was this one episode of Intervention where a woman goes into the bathroom, pulls out a bottle and takes a big gulp, pops a few pills and then pulls out a needle and gets high. Then she walks out, looks her family right in their eyes and tell them she has no problem at all. In fact, she was insulted that they would dare say such a thing. Don’t you know there’s no such thing as addiction?

      Enablers do addicts no favors.

      “I neeeeeeeeeeed this, it’s just an herb, it makes me feel ok so I can relax, everyone does it, everyone is addicted to something, I’m not like them, not like those people, I can handle it. I’m in control. Just this once, just this little bit, not like last time, that was an accident, I promise it’ll never happen again. Just this one more time. You’re oppressing me, it’s all *your* fault, it’s not my fault. Don’t tell me what to do, stop trying to control me, leave me alone, I have rights you know, you have no right to tell me what to do. It’s none of your concern so mind your own f*cking business. Leave me be, I’m not hurting anyone. [Insert substance here] never hurt anyone. Those other people just don’t know how to handle it like I do. Let me be.

      Why did everyone abandon me?”

      1. What should we do for addicts, then?

        And why is the discussion so often about cannabis, arguably the most inappropriate drug in the Narcotics Act?

        And here’s the real “gateway drug” — the first one any heroin or cocaine addict ever used.

        We give it to our children, as soon as they have teeth!

        Caffeine, in chocolate.

        If that seems ridiculous, but cannabis doesn’t, I give you a choice on where to put nicotine and ethanol.

        But back to the first point, how do you try to help the addicts you meet?

        1. “What should we do for addicts, then?”

          Medicalize (not legalize) drug abuse. Provide universal access to treatment options. Change social attitudes about use from blaming and shaming to support without enabling. Behind every addict is an enabler who also needs to enter treatment.

          We are all of us embedded in a social network and our behaviors reflect the needs of that network. (We are not as individual as we imagine ourselves to be.) Behind every addict, every child acting out, every depressive, every neurosis, is a series of social relationships that elicit the very behaviors we find undesirable. If you treat just the addict and then send her back into a dysfunctional family she/he will go right back to using because the family system *needs* someone as a locus for other issues. Usually over sex and power.

          The people around the one acting out need to set clear boundaries and raise the floor on unacceptable behavior. People need to hit bottom but bottom doesn’t have to be lying in your own piss and vomit in the gutter. You can’t force someone to seek help but you can make it much more likely.

          1. So… I suppose you’d impose the same policies for coffee, tea, and chocolate? To be consistent and all.

          2. Thanks for the your nationality-based insult.

            Treating a disease with police and prisons?

            Precisely like in olden days, when authorities “treated” the “disease” of heresy, or of paganism, or indeed of disbelief in “the god-given order” of whatever society is under discussion.

            The war on drugs is a war of religion: the State is seeking to “improve the souls” of the Citizens by the use of the Criminal Law.

            But in the case of marijuana use, the behavoiour sought to be controlled by the criminal law is uniquely neither intended to harm nor causative of harm to the user or to others.

            The law, being used in such a way, by clearly bringing and imposing harm upon the harmless, does nothing but bring the law and the justice system itself into dis-repute.
            The war on drugs is destroying democracy and efficient enforcement of the laws which DO prevent harmful behaviour, behaviour which DOES cause harm, and is intended by the actor to bring harm to others.

            This is why the war on drugs looks like an inquisition, complete with mandatory answers to Government questions (drug tests), and bringing to bear upon those found “guilty” (not of causing harm, but of disobeying the commands/orders of the State not to use marijuana), penalties which are themselves far far worse for the “offender” and indeed for the functioning of society as a whole, than anything the behaviour outlawed could ever produce for or in the user (in past ages, the so-called un/non-believer) herself.

            Stop wasting tax monies on cruelly punishing and hounding the sick, as you call them.

            A waste of tax dollars, to maintain the power of the cruel and ignorant, apparently simply to exercise such power, and for no other reason.

            If they are sick, pay for their medical care – if they consent to it.

            Otherwise, do not punish them for being sick.

            Leave then alone, if it is a disease: and do not spend my taxes “empowering” police, prison guards, and preaching politicians to punish people for simply being sick.

            But I must note that the medical evidence shows marijuana use to be harmless.

            Unlike the actual effects of the laws prohibiting its possession, cultivation and use.

            It appears that your opinion alone, and without any more or further evidence, as to the “desirability” of a behaviour ought to be enough to outlaw such under heavy penalties.

            How free is that! What a tender concern for liberty such a position brings forth!

            Noen, you seem to be a libertarian, right-wing….so how come marijuana prohibition is not something that the state can leave to the private sector, like US health care?

            Why not let people themselves work to s discourage marijuana use, without the assisstance of the State in the form of criminal laws?

            Oh yeah – it is because people don’t want it to be illegal, unless the make their living from either growing/supplying, or interdicting/punishing.

            Screw the drug-business AND the cops: end the prohibition of marijuana now, top to bottom.

          3. The Ugly is only skin deep Canuck said:
            “Thanks for the your nationality-based insult.”

            It is of course your right to choose to be offended by anything someone says. That is your choice. But I think you’ll find it unsatisfactory in the long run.

            “Treating a disease with police and prisons?”

            You’ll recall I suggested that drug abuse be medicalized. That means decriminalizing possession but referring addicts for medical treatment. Right now the drug law are highly political and disproportionately applied against minorities. Especially crack vs powder cocaine.

            “The war on drugs is a war of religion: the State is seeking to “improve the souls” of the Citizens by the use of the Criminal Law.”

            You mean like how we want to “improve the souls” of those who murder and steal? The criminal code punishes people for their behavior and cares not a bit for your soul.

            “But in the case of marijuana use, the behavoiour sought to be controlled by the criminal law is uniquely neither intended to harm nor causative of harm to the user or to others.”

            Drug abuse causes objective harm to society and to those closest to the user. The state has a right to criminalize behaviors that cause harm to others.

            “The war on drugs is destroying democracy”

            I agree that the unfair application of drug laws is destructive. I do not agree that drugs are harmless nor do I agree that society would be better off with no drug laws.

            “This is why the war on drugs looks like an inquisition”

            Everything feels like oppression to those who feel they have a right to do as they please regardless of the consequences. You are not a sovereign individual with the absolute right of kings to do whatever you want.

            “Stop wasting tax monies on cruelly punishing and hounding the sick, as you call them.”

            Like I already said, many drugs should be medicalized but we should not legalize drugs. Marijuana is not harmless, we could decriminalize it and require addicts to seek treatment but we should not legalize it.

            “Leave then alone, if it is a disease: and do not spend my taxes “empowering” police, prison guards, and preaching politicians to punish people for simply being sick.”

            Libertarianism is a delusional political movement with a false understanding of virtually every aspect of reality. Taxation is not theft and marijuana is not harmless. The law does not punish people for being sick, it punishes behavior we deem unlawful.

            In the 70’s we emptied the mental institutions but we failed to provide medical care for the mentally ill. Then we pursued a false libertarian model of human nature by claiming that by treating the mentally ill we were denying them their “freedom”. Neither the mentally ill nor the drug addict are free. Letting them loose to roam the streets is not compassion.

            Drugs are a prison.

            “medical evidence shows marijuana use to be harmless.”

            FALSE

            “Noen, you seem to be a libertarian, right-wing….so how come marijuana prohibition is not something that the state can leave to the private sector, like US health care?”

            I’m not, I’m a liberal, but I am not a libertine. Drugs cause harm to the body politic and therefore it has a right to criminalize behaviors that cause it harm.

            “end the prohibition of marijuana now, top to bottom.”

            I’m in favor of medicalizing some drugs, I’m not in favor of eliminating the drug code.

          4. This post by Ugly contains some of the most insightful words on this subject I have ever read. Fascinating.

            noen, have you ever known anyone addicted to hemp flowers?
            To me, marijuana addicts seem like unicorns. You hear about them, everybody knows what they are like, but you never see any anywhere. In all of my life I have only known very, very few people that were seriously annoyed, nearing the point of dysfunctionality, when without their herb. Sort of like the distress many people have when having to skip a meal or when experiencing an internet outage, or if their televisions break.
            Do marijuana addicts exist? And if so, would their addiction be severe enough to be called a medical condition?
            Does anyone here know any MJ addicts or is it always just hearsay?

          5. Such an amusing insight but I know plenty of guys who have become pot zombies. Actually more like a couple, really. Actually I haven’t met them myself but friends have met them. To be honest, the only one I know is myself ! Who said that?

          6. ipo opined:
            “have you ever known anyone addicted to hemp flowers?”

            Do you know what addiction is? Could you tell an addict from a casual user? If your definition of addiction is so vague as to render it meaningless what purpose does such a definition serve for you?

            “Do marijuana addicts exist?”

            Yes, they do.

            “would their addiction be severe enough to be called a medical condition?”

            Yes, in fact it is.

            “To me, marijuana addicts seem like unicorns.”

            With the important difference being that addiction is real and unicorns are not.

            Addiction is any substance or behavior that causes problems in your life. Gambling, eating, sex and exercise are all behaviors that people can become addicted to and need medical help to recover from.

            “You hear about them, everybody knows what they are like, but you never see any anywhere.”

            If you cannot see addiction or addicts then I suspect you are choosing not to for self serving reasons. They are all around me, in my building and outside my door. They are my friends and relatives and strangers on the bus. Their behavior damages themselves and those around them regardless of the substance involved. Recovery looks the same regardless of what the object of addiction may be.

            emmdeeaych speaketh:
            “Refined sugar is the real gateway drug.”

            False. Sugar is a food and is not actually a drug. Words have meanings.

            pedalmore spoke:
            “In fact, regular pot smokers show no impairment in driving simulations. They even tend to drive more carefully, as they overcompensate for perceived (though largely non-existent) impairment.”

            Pot is an intoxicant and impairs one’s judgment. People who are intoxicated by any substance are a danger on the road to everyone and should be arrested, fined and/or imprisoned for repeated offenses. Cell phone use or texting while driving is illegal for the exact same reasons.

            Driving 20 miles an hour down a freeway because you’re so f***king high that’s the best you can manage is not “driving carefully”.

            Sony Bono was a right-wing conservative and I’m glad he never saw greater political success. Just because some entertainer from your childhood advocates a drug that you like does not mean using that drug is a good idea.

          7. yes, and the word “refined” has a meaning in my context, thanks for stripping it to score a fallacious point. Certainly sucrose exists in nature, but not in a concentrated crystalline form to any real extent. So it isn’t ‘natural’.

            Also, the response of the body to concentrated refined sugar is different than the response to dilute sugar or even simple carbs. So I say it is the real gateway drug, or do you not notice the tantrums that kids who eat too much sugar throw in the cereal aisle, which are nothing at all like a junkie begging for a fix.

          8. thus spake emmdeeaych:
            “the word “refined” has a meaning in my context”

            The process of refinement does not change sucrose from a food stuff into a drug.

            “do you not notice the tantrums that kids who eat too much sugar throw in the cereal aisle”

            This is also a myth. Actual real scientific studies show that children do not become hyper active due to dietary sugar. Children who act out in public need discipline. That something consumed in excess can be harmful does not change it’s essential nature. Drinking water to excess can kill you but that doesn’t mean water is a drug.


            robulus wrote:
            “The way you and the “drugs are bad, m’kay?” article define addiction…”

            Drugs are not good or bad substances, addicts are not good or bad people. Chemicals have valid medical uses (or not), behaviors can be either functional or dysfunctional. Things are what they are.

            “….. it can be applied to any habit that is hard to break.”

            Addiction is not habit but habits can turn into compulsions which can feed an addictive cycle. People with eating disorders very often are over eating in order to manage failed relationships from the past. So yes, snaking at night because your heart got broken *can* lead to a dysfunctional relationship with food. The difference is that if you choose to tap a vein and shoot up in order to ease the pain the odds are much greater you’ll wind up in a crack house lying in your own filth than if you have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

            “You can not confuse that sort of very common disruption of routine with the genuine withdrawl symptoms of opiate or alcohol dependents”

            The difference being that if you go to a house to huff toluene the consequences are severe, Ben & Jerry;s… not so much.

            “Do you think it is possible to use marijuana recreationally and still be a healthy person?”

            Sure, it’s also possible to use heroine and be healthy. But as a matter of public policy I think marijuana should be medicalized. I’ve said so. Medicalizing means decriminalizing casual use in small amounts but keeping penalties in place so people are required to get treatment and so that pushers are punished.

          9. On examination I don’t disagree with you as much as I thought I did, which is kind of boring.

            However, this is the point where I take some umberage:

            “The difference is that if you choose to tap a vein and shoot up in order to ease the pain the odds are much greater you’ll wind up in a crack house lying in your own filth than if you have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.”

            This is just as valid:

            “The difference is that if you choose to tap a vein and shoot up in order to ease the pain the odds are much greater you’ll wind up in a crack house lying in your own filth than if you” smoke marijuana occasionally.

            And if you accept that, I’m not sure why we’re having this conversation in a thread about grass. The issue I have is grouping marijuana, which is for all intents and purposes quite benign, with heroin and paint thinners, which are not.

          10. The way you and the “drugs are bad, m’kay?” article define addiction (irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and … craving) it can be applied to any habit that is hard to break. Like splitting up with a partner or snacking at night.

            You can not confuse that sort of very common disruption of routine with the genuine withdrawl symptoms of opiate or alcohol dependents, and to try and do so is disingenuous.

            Let me just put it out there, Noen. Do you think it is possible to use marijuana recreationally and still be a healthy person?

          11. A mind may become addicted to religion, too, eh?

            So…shall we outlaw, due to “potential dys-function”?

            Bah!

            “In a free and democratic society, which recognizes fundamentally but not exclusively the rule of law as the main source of normative rules and in which government must promote autonomy as far as possible and therefore make only sparing use of the implements of constraint, public policy around psychoactive substances must be structured around guiding principles respecting the life, health, security, rights and freedoms of individuals who, naturally and legitimately, seek their own well-being and development, and can recognize the presence, difference, and equality of others.”

      2. A lot of marijuana users have a destructive habit. But many, many don’t. The discussion of addiction with reference to marijuana very often misleadingly seeks to equate it with drugs that a re known to cause physical dependency, such as opiates and alcohol. Cannabis is most definitely not in that class of drugs.

        I’d suggest you try and form opinions on this matter that are less reality TV based.

    2. Anion #17: As the US Government is/was prohibited by law from making and using propaganda in America (AFAIK), there’s a clear reason why private cos. had to make such films, rather than the Gov itself.

      Plus, the Gov really ought not to lie to the populace.

  12. “While it’s true that some of you will actually go to the moon and perhaps other planets”

    No arguing with that.

  13. “Your the generation with the brain power and the opportunity to do more for the human needs of this world than any other generation in history.”

    And as Steven King says (I’m paraphrasing here): “We created the Home Shopping Network instead.”

  14. I can’t believe I watched the whole thing.

    I presume he did that as the ‘community service’ portion of a sentence for possession?

  15. I like how no one comments on the illegal entry of the police officers. Granted I didn’t watch the entirety of the film so a warrant may have been mentioned later.

    In regards to the comments about the negativity of marijuana, could you cite any actual medical studies on the negative effects the drug has on society? I’ve never heard of a person getting high and then crashing a car into a crowd of people…I have for alcohol…

    Xanax kills more people than thc does. Directly speaking that is.

  16. lol at the girl driving off a cliff while high. hey, that seems like a decent way to go though.

    1. This looks like a study where multiple electrodes are implanted in a chimpanzee’s brain (not a monkey) and during a session the, rather large, attachment connects those electrodes to a multichannel electroencephalograph. I am guessing, that during this session, the chimpanzee is drinking alcohol or perhaps some other drug dissolved in water. Over time, while the chimpanzee is becoming addicted, they would be looking at how a set of neurons in the brain functionally change as shown by the EEG. This is rather crude by today’s standards and techniques.

  17. I note that the “tea Party” is all for stronger laws against marijuana use, and wishes to expand the Inquisition:

    http://www.economist.com/node/18805970

    Next step for the Tea Party: another war of or about religion, or against “drugs” somewhere, to “help people” – no doubt, but which people?

  18. “medical evidence shows marijuana use to be harmless.” – FALSE

    It is quite false, but it’s important to keep perspective. There is very little in that article that is not applicable to alcohol or caffeine. Both of these can become a problem requiring treatment, but are not so in all or even most cases; more is needed to establish that marijuana works differently.

    Do marijuana addicts exist?

    Noen’s article says that marijuana is addictive because it causes withdrawal symptoms: irritability, sleeplessness, and decreased appetite. I’m sure those are all true.

  19. I expect beer is a gateway drug. I assume there are some statistics showing that a percentage of addicts to whatever-hard-drug used marijuana first but has a similar analysis ever been done with regard to alcohol? I expect so (and I expect it’s very high), but I never understand the apparent overuse of the gateway drug argument when it must be just as applicable to beer. Maybe the reverse, that a higher percentage of marijuana users go on to use hard drugs? But that argument would seem to be invalidated by marijuana’s illegality. A population with a lower inhibition to breaking a law would be more likely to do it more than once. If marijuana were legal and its use more widespread would the percentage that went on to use harder drugs still remain elevated? I remember this film from 5th grade and it seemed kind of ridiculous at the time, not the subject matter but Bono’s dress and language. I think Go Ask Alice was more effective as a deterrent (for however brief a period).

  20. Well-balanced and enlightening? The film presents weed as a powerful hallucinogen. That sort of throws off the balance in comparison with the deletirious effects of alcohol. Weed won’t make you see monsters in the mirror or make you forget you’re driving a car. In fact, regular pot smokers show no impairment in driving simulations. They even tend to drive more carefully, as they overcompensate for perceived (though largely non-existent) impairment.
    Plus, you can do tricks on the high dive while high. Many alternative athletes (snowboarders, mt. bikers, skaters, surfers, etc.) enjoy the herb. Ross Rebagliati took Olympic gold with THC in his system.
    And I have no idea what the hell kind of Oedipal trip was going on with the kid walking in on his mom with a milk mustache and a gun, but that has nothing to do with marijuana.
    The effects of marijuana were hugely overstated in this movie. Coupled with the specious argument for the Gateway Theory using the flawed logic that since junkies like weed, weed makes junkies, this film is more egregious propoganda posing as rational information.

  21. I smoked pot starting when I was 10… yeah ten years old and stopped when I was 23… I just kinda outgrew it… the biggest gait way drug of all is cigarettes…
    what this country (and world) needs most is for the war to end… the war that is on our own people…
    People are going to use what ever they are going to use weather is it legal or not… so lets just stop the war and get on with life!!!
    hemp (not mayjane) is non smokeable and could fulfill a huge part of our energy needs! it’s a wonderful product that comes from farms not from labs and as such is 100% biodegradable… no other material in the world can match it’s properties… the only reason it is illegal is because of corporate greed, study dow chemical….

    Sony Bono would have changed this country… he would have become president if they did not kill him!!!

    People need to open their eyes and look at the real numbers. this drug war is killing us. we could pay off the national debt just from all the money we are wasting on it alone!!!

  22. wow, I thought I was alone on this topic… thanks to all the very literate folks for their thoughts and stimulating conversation!

  23. I love this strawman — Would you prefer your pilot or heart surgeon to smoke pot or cigarettes?
    I don’t have to explain how stupid and unfair this question is, do I?

  24. Hahha– I remember seeing this film in gym class in junior high. Lots of serious talk from the meat headed coaches about how smoking pot will cloud your judgement and you gotta keep your wits about you, stay straight, and clear headed!

    “Now somebody kill the lights and and let’s watch the film…” (yes, in ’68 it was a real film on a film projector, not a video..)

    Whrrrrrrrrrrr..

    After the film, when the lights came up, we all howled when we saw that the entire reel of film had spooled out all over the floor..as it had been mis -threaded and completely missed the spinning, empty take up reel.

    You were saying, coach?

  25. It is apparent that you aren’t trying to answer my question honestly.
    Strange that.
    Yes, I do know what addiction is. Being an (inactive) addict myself, having been in close relationships with addicts, knowing addicts currently, I am very aware of the toll addiction takes on society and even more so on the addicted individual.
    Just, as I pointed out, I haven’t met anyone that would qualify to be a marijuana addict. Addiction is far more serious than the slight discomfort a heavy marijuana user experiences when he can’t get his drug.
    I wasn’t asking if you have known and seen addicts, I asked specifically about cannabis addicts. And unicorns maybe.

    Interesting facts:
    As a medicine, marijuana is used to treat sleeplessness, lack of appetite, irritability, amongst the variety of applications.
    So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see that people not using their herb anymore, experience the occurrence of such more often than the control groups. Obvious? No indication for addiction.

    Also, I wish more peops understood the following:

    – Hemp, also called cannabis:
    One of the oldest cultivated plants. The oldest textile fabric ever found was made from cannabis sativa and flax, not wool. In Asia, Asia Minor and Europe, hemp has been cultivated for 5- to 6.000 years. Its uses for fiber, food, oil, medicine, and as a recreational/religious drug have been prevalent throughout this period.

    – Marijuana:
    The buds and blossoms of nearly every variety of hemp, which can be used as a drug.

    moen: The process of refinement does not change sucrose from a food stuff into a drug.
    So, you’re saying that ethanol is not a drug?
    The fermentation of sugar into ethanol is one of the earliest organic reactions employed by humanity. The intoxicating effects of ethanol consumption have been known since ancient times.

  26. >> Corniness aside, this seems like a fairly well-balanced and enlightening film about drug use.

    Corniness, and the fact that Bono is utterly blazed while he’s sayin’ it. ;-)

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