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

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Ron Mann

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Solomon Vesta
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Credited cast:
Woody Harrelson ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry J. Anslinger Harry J. Anslinger ... Self (archive footage)
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Cab Calloway ... Self (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Self (archive footage)
Chevy Chase ... Self (archive footage)
Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage)
Gerald Ford ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Garcia ... Self (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Self (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Self (archive footage)
Gene Krupa ... Self (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia Fiorello LaGuardia ... Self (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Self (archive footage)
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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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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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No hippies were harmed in the making of this movie. See more »

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If You're a Viper
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If you watch it you will.............
23 June 2000 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

Laugh your arse off. This hilarious documentary is a real eye opener if you don't your history of the war on marajuana. The long and stupid war on the weed is just one of many misteps by the U.S. government that the mainstream media seems to ignore!?! I saw this at the Music Box theater downtown Chicago which only added to the fun. As a documentary though it missed a couple of things. It forgot to mention William Randolph Hearst's deep involvment with the war. He did after all run the huge media conglomorate that supported Anslinger's view. Hearst went on to be portrayed unflatteringly in Citizen Kane. There is barely a mention of Reagan/Bush/Clinton the trio of presidents who have more to fight this unwinnable war then any of their preddosessors. No mention of the fact that Hemp plants were indeed grown by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson. The last three grew it on the White House lawn!!! As a documentary however it seems a bit one sided and therefore guilty of the very thing anti drug people are. But then again Freedom is a one sided thing, you either have it or you don't. The movie is also a bit biased in that it puts marajuana on a pedistal and ignores the fact that even though harsher drugs like cocaine and heroin are harmful, laws against them are completely and totally unconstitutional. Makes you think though, if the U.S. government is so eager to abuse their power like this, is it really a great idea to repeal the second amendment or limit it in so many way? Now I'm sounding preachy. Go see this movie with some friends, have a jay outside, and laugh at highlights from old movies like Reefer Madness, and Up In Smoke. Laugh at the directors keen sense of ironic humor. And remember that what you know just might kill you.


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Release Date:

14 July 2000 (Spain) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,578, 4 June 2000

Gross USA:

$313,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,039
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