The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

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This film explores the history of the American government's official policy on marijuana in the 20th century. Rising with xenophobia with Mexican immigration and their taste for smoking marijuana, we see the establishment of a wrong headed federal drug policy as a crime issue as opposed to a public health approach. Fueled by prejudice, hysterical propaganda and political opportunism undeterred by voices of reason on the subject, we follow the story of a costly and futile crusade against a substance with debatable ill effects that has damaged basic civil liberties. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »

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$21,578 (USA) (2 June 2000)

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$313,039 (USA) (15 September 2000)
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The Ontario Censor Board wanted to remove some 1960s footage of some lab monkeys forced to smoke dope as it depicted animal cruelty. See more »

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["Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced."]
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A Worthwhile Documentary
23 April 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

'Grass' obviously more or less documents America's war on cannabis and the various media angles used to 'educate' the masses on the dangers involving in using it. While the film is far from perfect, it does manage to capture some truly interesting moments in the history on the war on drugs. For instance, look for the funny cartoon commercial of a guy with a pot on his head, beating himself on the head (pot) with a utensil. ('Pot-head')

Good laugh. Quite informative and interesting. Overall, certainly worth the viewing time.

Rating - 7/10


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