Chillingly hilarious, this bizarre 1987 PSA, created by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (since renamed the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) asks a fundamental question: “What if the joint were in somebody else’s hand—like your surgeon, your lawyer, or your local policeman?…Would you still say marijuana is harmless?”
The sinister surgeon in question puffs away at a joint and giggles, as his nervous patient prepares to go under the knife. “No one has died of tonsillitis here in a while…” says the doctor.
“Appendicitis!” the distressed patient corrects him.
Part stoner comedy, part horror movie, this Reagan-era effort has to rank as one of the weirdest ways to “prove” the harmfulness of marijuana.