It was 38 years ago that marijuana soured an otherwise beautiful Valentine’s Day for President Ronald Reagan.
What began as a serene evening—spent swapping gifts and kisses with his wife, Nancy—quickly devolved into a nightmare when the two settled in to watch the comedy film “9 to 5” starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton.
The film was “funny,” Reagan wrote in a diary entry on February 14, 1981. But “one scene produced me mad,” he steamed.
“A actually funny scene if the three gals had played receiving drunk but no they had to get stoned on pot,” the Gipper, clearly extra of a sipper than a toker, wrote.
“It was an endorsement of Pot smoking for any young particular person who sees the image.”
His wife later took up that torch and led the “Just Say No” campaign, which discouraged young people today from experimenting with drugs by advertising sensationalized depictions of their effects.
And though that Valentine’s Day in 1981 was spoiled by the giggling trio of ladies smoking Maui Wowie in “9 to five,” the Reagans went on to delight in several extra holidays collectively in drug-absolutely free matrimony.
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