A hard-hitting documentary about the legalisation of marijuana in the United States.
You don’t need to be a drug fan to understand that prohibition has never been a successful policy. It didn’t work in the 1930s against alcohol and it’s not working now against supposedly dangerous and illegal substances – especially the substance at the heart of this hard-hitting documentary, marijuana.
The film quickly covers the absurd arguments for the criminalisation of any substance (as comedian Rufus Hound succinctly puts it: “I’m a grown man! You can’t tell me what to do!”) and moves on to examine the wider impact that the criminalisation of marijuana has had on American society. From the privatised prison system making big bucks, to medical companies peddling thousands of deadly prescription drugs, and even outside the US to the terrible Mexican drug cartels whose profits are fuelled by the prohibition of marijuana in the United States, it’s hard to find an area of life where ‘the war on drugs’ hasn’t made a deep, damaging impact.
Featuring interviews with some of the biggest players in the prohibition / legalisation game, from Professor David Nutt to Howard Marks, Snoop Dogg to Richard Branson, this eye-opening film is not to be missed.