At the time this ABC Afterschool Special was originally telecast in 1980, one out of every nine high-school seniors had either smoked marijuana or was actively doing so. This story is about 15-year-old Jack Melon (played by Scott Baio), who knows all the risks of pot smoking but continues to toke up anyway. Written and directed by John Herzfeld, who also appears onscreen as concerned teacher Doug David, Stoned does not take the easy-out of preaching against marijuana but instead focuses on the reasons an otherwise sensible teen might take up the habit: In Jack's case, he does pot because of loneliness, a father who doesn't pay enough attention to his academic skills, and jealousy of his older brother's athletic achievements.
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