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With California and the rest of the country going bankrupt, one business is booming. 'How Weed Won the West' is the story of the growing Medical Marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles ... See full summary »

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With California and the rest of the country going bankrupt, one business is booming. 'How Weed Won the West' is the story of the growing Medical Marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles with over 700 legal dispensaries doling out the buds. Following the story of Organica, a southland dispensary which was raided by state and federal agencies in August of 2009, the film shows that although much has changed with Obama in office, the drug war is nowhere near over. Kevin Booth, producer/director of American Drug War, picks up where the last film left off and continues his fight against the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs. Intended to inform and entertain, this fast paced and even sometimes funny film features Texas conspiracy guru Alex Jones, Ethan Nadelmann head of Drug Policy Alliance, and a host of amazing characters including a former LAPD narcotics officer who now thinks all drugs should be legal. Even to someone who has not consumed weed in decades, this film definitely opens ... Written by Bradley Cook

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A bad documentary in every conceivable way
25 June 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Since this is not the directors first piece I wonder how he can put out this disaster of a documentary. The editing, shaky camera-work use of music and storytelling is the worst I have ever seen and remind me of bad school projects. Technically everything is a mess here... even the lower thirds are irritating. I also was constantly reminded of the Family Guy Episode where Lois and Peter make music on weed and think its cool while everybody else is annoyed of the display of lack of talent. It just fits this "documentary" on many levels.

As for the content... Its hard to concentrate with the irritating editing that seems to put random shaky pictures of bad footage in a hectic music video fashion on top of an off-speaker who is as annoying as most of the people interviews here. Its hard to feel sympathy with most of the people appearing in this documentary from the messed up stoner's to Alex Jones who delivers some painfully staged statements in his typical "He who screams loudest wins" fashion. Honestly if this movie achieves anything it makes you wonder if legalizing weed is really the right thing to do, although you were 100% sure its right before watching this. This movie screams "Drugs are bad" at you while talking about the opposite.

There are loads of interesting and well done documentaries on this subject but this is a totally incoherent mess ... its a shame someone puts out such atrocious work after 20 years of work as a director and editor. Most of the comments here must be written by people involved in this production because this documentary fails on every level like usually only beginners do, so I can't possible think why anyone would rate this higher than 3 stars. Stay away!


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