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When Kathy Kaiser reviewed Evergreen: The Road To Legalization here at We Are Movie Geeks, she wrote: “Whether you are for or against marijuana’s legalization – Evergreen will put it all into perspective for you, as it brings to life both opposing views. If your state decides to travel the path to legalization, you will know the facts and principles of each side after viewing this film – thanks to Morton and his team of filmmakers – thus educating yourself before you too have to place your vote for-or-against on election day.” (read all of Kathy’s review Here)
This weekend St. Louisans can educate themselves when Evergreen: The Road To Legalization screens at Webster Universtity’s Winifred Moore Auditorium (located at 470 E. Lockwood Ave.)
Evergreen: The Road To Legalization plays at 7:30pm July 25 through July 27.
$6 for the general public
$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools »
- Tom Stockman
Review by Kathy Kaiser
Producer/Director Riley Morton takes on his first documentary film, jumping straight into the frying pan, as he covers the legalizing of marijuana in the State of Washington.
After 40 years of the drug war that has plagued our country, Washington State becomes the emblazoned battleground for legalizing cannabis. Evergreen takes you deep into both sides of the equation so you can see first-hand the unwavering convictions of each side.
Although medicinal marijuana has been available in Washington for years now, activists for complete legalization share their convictions as to why the substance should be legalized, as they bring forth Initiative 502, hoping to have it placed on the ballot in November of 2012.
Those opposed to legalization are just as head strong, proposing that 1-502 is going to do nothing but add DUI convictions, new taxes and additional penalties and restrictions on the citizens of Washington – all things »
- Movie Geeks
At first glance, “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization,” a documentary about the passage of a Washington state initiative decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, differs little from countless docus tracing the fates of public referendums on controversial issues like gay marriage (one of which passed on the same ballot). But here the two factions duking it out are both pro-legalization, yet bitterly divided over the compromises that I-502’s supporters felt necessary to include to ensure approval. This dual focus on the need to end the ineffective, destructive “war on drugs” and broader questions of political compromise gives director Riley Morton’s film particular resonance.
Except for a token, not-especially-convincing anti-legalization police officer, the film’s interviewees come down squarely on the side of condemning the war on drugs as inefficient (not having made a dent in trafficking and use), counter-productive (causing the U.S. to boast the world’s highest documented »
- Ronnie Scheib
In 2012, advocates for marijuana legalization pushed Initiative 502 onto the ballot in Washington state. This year, director Riley Morton released the documentary Evergreen: The Road to Legalization, which chronicles the months leading up to the vote.
In interviews with recreational and medical marijuana users, dealers, and legislators, as well as footage from protests, rallies, and events like Hempfest in Seattle, Morton slowly builds a case for legalization. More than 40 percent of drug-related arrests in the United States are tied to marijuana.
Riley sees this as an argument in favor of the decriminalization of a substance many Americans use. One interviewee, a white man, says, "If you don't think these kids [who get arrested] are going to be kids of color pr »
In November 2012, the passage of I-502 -- the ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana usage in Washington state -- attracted national attention. "Evergreen: The Road to Legalization," a documentary directed by Riley Morton that follows the successful campaign in detail, provides a competent overview of the debates involved in pushing the initiative to the finish line. Despite a fairly straightforward tone, the movie received what will likely go down as its greatest reception during the world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival last year: Massive applause and cheers greeted virtually every emphatic statement in favor of the measure. A curious herbal scent was detectable in the aisles. For the moment, "Evergreen" was a victory lap. But the reality is that the documentary provides something of a prologue to the next chapters in marijuana legislation. "Will Obama tear down this wall?" asks one advocate in the concluding moments, setting the stage for the. »
- Eric Kohn
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