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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.


Amy Povah


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Credited cast:
James Ball James Ball
David Chavez David Chavez
Becky Lea Goodman Becky Lea Goodman ... (as Becky Lee Goodman)
Steven Hager ... Self
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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Screened in S.F.
28 February 2014 | by showgirlscateringSee all my reviews

I saw this in San Francisco, and am excited to hear that it's coming out on itunes. My boyfriend and I left the screening in silence, blown away by the reality of what our system has become. WTF is going on in this country when kids are getting shot over weed possession? When another couple offered to bring us along to the screening, we reluctantly agreed with the promise of margaritas at Don Ramon's afterward. Little did we expect to be captivated as we were.

We didn't believe that there were people serving life for weed charges!! After seeing this movie, we did some research and it is astounding to learn how many people are in prison behind this. I am not your typical marijuana advocate. My boyfriend has an occasional toke, but he's no pothead. The horrors uncovered in this movie have us completed floored.

PARENTS force ideas on children without any actual background knowledge of the history of marijuana and how it has become this blown out of proportion gateway drug, leading our youth to other hard core drugs, addiction, and convincing them that if they smoke weed, they will most certainly end up choosing to rob liquor stores over a college education.

LAW MAKERS do not consider actual ramifications of policies they put in place.... only counting money and votes.... and eventually bodies as a result of their absurd policies.

MEDIA personalities continue to use their voice to sell us on their personal opinions, without first educating themselves on such important issues. Do they realize that "Dick and Jane American" hang on to their every word and base their own life decisions on what the media spits at us? Of course they do!

Why then, don't people like Tina Brown see that acknowledging the injustice of marijuana policies has clearly gone too far is not an admission of advocating drugs in our nation. Instead, Brown will go to twitter, claiming that ... "Legal weed contributes to us being a fatter, dumber, sleepier nation even less able to compete with the Chinese."

Did she really take it there?

News Flash Tina-- China doesn't imprison nearly as many people as we do. Someone should buy Tina a copy of 420: The Documentary when it comes out in April.

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