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420: The Documentary (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, History | 27 July 2013 (USA)
Thousands peacefully smoke pot at 420 events - a stark contrast next to stories of college students, and others, who have been arrested, shot by police, and even murdered for mere possession of pot.


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Credited cast:
James Ball James Ball
David Chavez David Chavez
Becky Lea Goodman Becky Lea Goodman ... (as Becky Lee Goodman)
Samara Kelly Samara Kelly
Nathaniel Peart Nathaniel Peart
Margaux Calla Susi ... (as Margaux Susi)
Ryan Vanduzer Ryan Vanduzer


"Seven youthful people (representing the nation's 'youth') question why our government is still arresting people for mere possession of marijuana, even though our last three presidents, and many politicians smoked pot in their youth. Footage from 420 civil disobedience festivals is juxtaposed against ironic statements from politicos who continue to misrepresent the truth - supposedly out of concern for the very youth who have fallen prey to marijuana prohibition laws. To underscore this hypocrisy, 420 illuminates stories of college students, and others,who have been arrested, shot by police, and even murdered for mere possession of pot. 420 scans the history of pot - from the 30s to present day - exposing how the public has been duped, over and over by false propaganda and political agendas. Numerous law enforcement retirees provide shocking commentary and outspoken regret over a policy they helped enforce, only to realize it was a tragic mistake they now want to reverse. Written by Amy Ralston Povah

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If you want to learn something - see this film.
10 November 2013 | by jack-prattSee all my reviews

I don't normally write reviews, but I want this film to rise to the top of an endless onslaught of documentaries that are being belched out for no good reason. I am so sick of these copy cat films about how to feel good, finding happiness, the search for the meaning of life, who am I, where am I, and on and on. If I see one more documentary about the universe and where love comes from I'm going to puke! I like documentaries that are not pure conjecture with a myriad of pundit-people opining about the meaning of life - ENOUGH!!!

If I'm going to take time out of my day to watch a documentary, I'd like to learn something and come away with information I can share with others in a meaningful way. I had no idea that Nixon created a regulatory scheme and placed pot into a category for drugs that is reserved for the most dangerous and addictive of ALL DRUGS - and by definition, has no medicine properties. And if that wasn't bad enough, the commission he created to perform a study to determine where pot would be scheduled, headed by a guy name Shafer, stated that pot should be DECRIMINALIZED!!! So marijuana has been mis-classified from the get-go!

What's worse, is that since that time, there hasn't been a single president with the balls to address this travesty and move cannabis into a category of drugs that does have medicinal properties. If that were done - the feds could no longer claim that federal law trumps state law - it's that simple people! I never fully understood the federal vs state debate as to why federal law took precedent over state - or even what the federal law was!!! i don't think most people do understand this - but it's as simple as moving pot from a Schedule 1 drug and placing it in a Schedule 2 category with other drugs that DO have medicinal properties, yet are still illegal - such as cocaine and meth! Can you believe that our federal gov't is relying on the concept that pot is more dangerous than meth in order to exert their power and control over the states.

That is just one of many, many tidbits 420 covers in this film that are eye-opening, informative and mind boggling. I can't tell you how many people i talk to that have never even heard the term 420!!! and this film explains the origins of the term - it's entertaining, informative, a perfect blend that convinced me to take the time to write this review. Go see it.

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