The 1980s were a tough time for marijuana enthusiasts. “Just Say No,” the crack epidemic and the AIDS crisis conspired to make casual drug users look like absolute derelicts, or worse. But while television shows were required to show negative effects of any pot use, feature films weren’t subject to the same hypocritical rules and bribery, and, as such, portrayed a more nuanced and realistic look at cannabis use. Here are 10 of the best pot scenes in ’80s movies.
10. History of the World Part 1—“Roman Red”
In this Mel Brooks comedy classic, Gregory Hines, in his film debut as Josephus, discovers “a whole field of wacky weed” while on the run from Roman soldiers. He rolls it up in some papyrus to create one of the funniest smoke screen escapes of all time. The perfect start to our list of best pot scenes in ’80s movies.