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

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$313,039 (USA) (15 September 2000)
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With the exception of the animated chapter headings, this film is comprised entirely of archival footage, films, and videos. 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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history of marijuana, deals with the lies from the reagon era
7 October 2004 | by (n/a) – See all my reviews

this movie is well worth seeing whether you are for or against legalization.

i never heard about this movie, was it even in the theaters? unlike most documentary movies this was is well put together and it was entertaining to watch.

if you read a lot of the books out there that explore hemp legalization you will find that they concur with a lot of the points raised in this movie.

i found that this movie did not do enough to discuss some of hemps medicinal advantages. also this movie did not discuss it's use as an alternative biomass fuel.

it's good to educate yourself and question whether we have been hearing the real truth over the years. check out the emporer wears no clothes. you can probably find a copy at amazon.com. that books discusses in great depth some benefits to legalizing hemp.


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