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Cast

 
Joe Arpaio ... Himself (as Sheriff Joe Arpaio)
Jello Biafra ... Himself - Activist

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Blackburn ... Himself - Civil Rights Attorney: Tulia, TX
Robert C. Bonner ... Himself - Former Head of the DEA (archive footage) (as Robert Bonner)
Curt Booth ... Himself - Psychedelic Movement
Dorothy Booth ... Herself (archive footage) (as Dorothy Ann Booth)

Kevin Booth ... Average White Guy
Eddie Bravo ... Himself
Chico Brown ... Himself

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Celerino Castillo III ... Himself - DEA Agent
Paris Chong ... Himself - Son of Tommy

Tommy Chong ... Himself - Private Prison Prisoner

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Lou Daigle ... LAPD - Drug Recognition in Expert Skid Row (as Sergeant Lou Daigle)
John Deutch ... Himself - Director of CIA
Calvina Fay ... Herself - Executive Director of Drug Free America (archive footage)
Gary Fisher ... Himself - Gave Timothy Leary His First Hit of LSD (as Dr. Gary Fisher)
Gary Gardner ... Red Neck with a PHD
Judge James Gray ... Himself - Superior Court Judge (as Judge James P. Gray)
Charles Grob ... Himself - Conducting Experiment with Psilocybin (as Dr. Charles Grob)
Ice-Burg ... Bloods - sales rep. South Central
Jan Irvin ... Himself - Author or Pharmacratic Inquisition
Claudia Jensen ... Herself - Medical Marijuana Doctor (as Dr. Claudia Jensen)
Gary Johnson ... Himself - Governor of New Mexico
Kosmo ... Bloods - sales rep. South Central
Dennis Kucinich ... Himself
Mack Lindsey ... Homeless drug user- comedian
Barry McCaffrey ... Himself - Drug Czar
Todd McCormick ... Himself - Activist
Cynthia McKinney ... Herself - Congresswoman
Robert Melamede ... Himself - Researcher at the University of Colorado (as Dr. Robert Melamede)
Joe Moore ... Himself - Hog Farmer

Ralph Nader ... Himself - Political Watchdog
Jona Napier ... Herself - Heroin Addict and Guitarist

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Oliver North ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Paul ... Himself - Republican Congressman
Joe Pietri ... Himself - International Drug Smuggler
Jacki Raines ... Herself - Deputy: Carrizozo, New Mexico

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Regan ... Himself - Legal Defense for Ricky Ross

Tom Rhodes ... Himself
Darryl Lucky Rodgers ... Himself - Bloods Member (as Darrell 'Lucky' Rodgers)
T. Rodgers ... Himself - Bloods Co-Founder

Joe Rogan ... Himself
Ronaldo ... Himself - Amsterdam Crack Smoker
Angela Ross ... Herself - Sister of Ricky Ross
Freeway Ricky Ross ... Himself - 'Wal-Mart' of Crack Cocaine (archive footage)
Craig X. Rubin ... Himself - Reverend of Temple 420 (as Craig X)
Michael Ruppert ... Himself - LAPD Narcotics Officer (as Mike Ruppert)
Pam Sakuda ... Herself - Psilocybin User
Paul Scott ... Himself - Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Helena Shendo ... Herself - Mescalero Apache Tribe Member
Sherm ... Herself - PCP User
Robert Steele ... Himself - CIA Clandestine Officer
Michael Veling ... Himself - 420 Owner: Amsterdam
John Walko ... Himself - Meth Smoker and Chain Gang Member
Tayngy Washington ... Herself - Crack Smoker: South Central

Directed by
Kevin Booth 
 
Produced by
George Booth .... executive producer
Kevin Booth .... executive producer
Trae P. Booth .... producer
Ryan Kaye .... associate producer
Page Ostrow .... co-producer
George Russell .... associate producer
Mary Taylor .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mary Abshier 
Prophet 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Athenas 
George Russell 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Booth 
 
Art Department
Vance Andrew Blevins .... graphic designer
Steve Ogden .... graphic designer
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Ogden .... titles
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Theodore O'Brien .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Danny Gomez .... animator: mushroom trip sequence
 
Editorial Department
Paul Crompton .... editing consultant
Peter Hyoguchi .... editorial consultant
Anthony Johnson .... editing consultant
Curt Johnson .... editing consultant
Ryan Kaye .... additional editor
Paul Marchand .... additional editor (as Mr. Paul Marchand)
Richard Martini .... editing consultant
Roger M. Mayer .... editorial consultant
Mike Pope .... additional editing
Paul Provenza .... editing consultant
Gary Stamler .... editing consultant
Michael Thau .... editorial consultant
Paul Thomas .... editing consultant
 
Music Department
Don Lichterman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Mary Abshier .... production assistant
Matt Bahr .... intern
Jay Ball .... production assistant
Andrew Blevins .... web master
Trae P. Booth .... accountant
Jason Dollar .... legal
Matt Harlock .... technical consultant
Helen Haung .... production assistant
Anise Hotchkiss .... production assistant
Larry Kozelski .... accountant
Stacey Lee .... intern
Travis Marriot .... production assistant
Tim Morell .... associate
Tommy Pallotta .... advisor
Shane Pickett .... accountant
Razor .... technical consultant
George Russell .... technical consultant
Amy Sinclair .... production assistant
Gary Stamler .... advisor
Larry Stern .... technical consultant
Mary Taylor .... production assistant
Paul Thomas .... technical consultant
Jacky Wafflewaitress .... intern
Erica Wilson .... intern
Shelley Booth Wright .... local crew
 
Thanks
Lisa Allen .... thanks
Robert Alvavira .... thanks
Amplifier .... thanks
Alan Bean .... very special thanks
Micheal Bertin .... thanks
Curt Booth .... thanks
Matt Bridgestone .... thanks
Gary Busey .... thanks
Donald E. Chesebro .... thanks
Noam Chomsky .... very special thanks
Boo Chong .... thanks
Shelby Chong .... very special thanks
Laurie Conn .... thanks
Elizabeth Croydon .... thanks
David Debesse .... thanks
Annon Doe .... thanks
Jerry Farley .... thanks
Big Fatz .... thanks
William Gazecki .... thanks
Spencer Greer .... thanks
Matt Harlock .... thanks
Joe Henderson .... very special thanks
Jack Herer .... thanks
Ary Hicks .... thanks
Alex Jones .... very special thanks
James Ladmirault .... thanks
Penny Marshall .... thanks
Alfred W. McCoy .... thanks (as Alfred McCoy)
Bill McPike .... very special thanks
Barbara Moss .... thanks
Dwight Painter .... thanks
Dave Prewitt .... thanks
Richard & Jennifer Pryor .... thanks
Jere Raridon .... thanks
Miss Ross .... thanks
Norbert Sakuda .... very special thanks
Kevin Smith .... thanks
Doug Stanhope .... very special thanks
Don Swaynos .... thanks
Ingrild Tidemann .... thanks
Frederick Troell .... thanks
Gary Webb .... thanks
John Weiner .... thanks
 

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9 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Safe, Easy Answers for a Sleeping America, 9 February 2009
Author: Zen Bones from USA

I wanted to like this film but unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess since it constantly jumps from one argument to another in the way it trashes both illegal AND legal drugs, contradicting itself at every turn. They never go into addictions in general, which is the main problem of our society (personally, I think that television is the worst drug in our society).

For those who will insist on disagreeing with me... Do you really think that if drugs DID become legal they wouldn't be sold by the same corporations that now sell tobacco or alcohol? If there's a dollar to be made, then it will either be by "criminals" on the street or by corporate executives, who are both snakes as far as I'm concerned. It's almost hilarious that Ricky Ross, one of the top drug dealers in US history, is depicted a poor hapless fellow who - aww-gee – just wanted to pursue the American Dream, yet our government is 'evil'. In my book they're ALL after the same thing: power and M-O-N-E-Y! As Ricky Ross said, "if it hadn't been for the money, I wouldn't have gotten into the drug trade". Duh! Ollie North couldn't have said it better – although at least his motive was also about his vision of a 'better America', as depraved and twisted as it was! Anyway, the same pharmaceutical companies that lobby against medical marijuana today will be the first to produce the magic weed if/when it does become legal. At which time the average Joe on the street who grows and sells his own will STILL find himself in prison for selling a product that's not licensed (the licensing will have to do with the 'purity' of the product, since home-grown could have other substances in it).

And that's where this documentary bungles its stance the most. It does a good job of depicting the true profit motive of the US government in terms of the drug war but it does not seem to want to investigate what the true profit motive of the anti-war on drugs campaign is. Is there a profit motive? For many casual drug users and those of us who want to see the US government's involvement in the anti-drug war disappear, there is no profit motive. But there is a strong wing of the Libertarian Party led by Ron Paul that is hooking liberals in on this issue. Once again, it's all about money and power and in this case, the end of federal taxation in America. What's wrong with that you may ask? Well, if programs for the people aren't funded by federal taxes, then they will either be funded by corporations, or they'll just go unfunded altogether (state taxes can't even come close to covering any state's needs). I don't believe that this film is totally out to endorse this particular agenda; it ironically makes an argument that we should get rid of taxes, while praising the socialist Dutch, who have the highest tax rates in the world. But the libertarian talking heads in this film scare me as much as our government does because they want to decriminalize drugs AND they want to get rid of all the funding for programs that will pay for the education and rehabilitation to solve the problems of drugs, crime, poverty and racism. They offer no viable solutions, just as this film never makes any attempt at all to discuss possible solutions to wean our nation of its addictions.

And while I'm at it... If tobacco and alcohol are as evil as this film insists, then why compound the problem with making ALL drugs legal? I can just see the filmmaker's family portrait dwindling in ten years as more and more friends are lost to cigarettes, alcohol, and... what are now illegal drugs.

A film that claims to be about the drug war but doesn't spend a significant amount of time on addiction in general, as well as how to combat our addictions through education and rehabilitation, is this country's problem in a nutshell. We just want safe, easy answers. The "just say no to drug wars" campaign is as stupid and reckless as the whole "just say no to drugs" campaign! Those who want to really stop drug addiction, poverty, crime and racism knows that it will only be through education, rehabilitation and social programs.

To clarify... I DO want to see an end to the drug wars and I'd like to see Marijuana legalized, but I'm ALSO for viable solutions. Our government is corrupt because it answers to industry and corporations that have their own agenda (money, of course). MAKING DRUGS LEGAL WILL JUST KEEP DRUGS IN THE CORPORATE LOOP! The occasional user or small-time seller will still be harassed and/or incarcerated. The best thing we can do is not get government itself off our backs, but get rid of our current BAD government that cares more about profits than people. We indeed should use the Dutch as a model... for EVERYTHING!

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