In the follow-up to his ground-breaking documentary ‘American Drug War,’ filmmaker Kevin Booth traces the fight against Federal drug regulation in the State of California.
A public majority has spoken and said yes to states rights, allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana and opening up a new front in controversial medicinal ‘dispensaries.’
While users herald the freedom of legally-licensed “weed,” powerful forces at the DEA and law enforcement haven’t given up their federal enforcement power yet. Many dispensaries have been raided, targeting their distribution of marijuana and challenging their authority to rise into legitimate business.
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From the creators of American Drug War the long awaited sequel How Weed Won The West, delves deeply into the culture and commerce of cannabis featuring California’s ganja growers, medicinal marijuana patients and law reform advocates.
Kevin Booth’s vivid document from behind the front lines of the “war on pot” blows the lid off a multi-billion dollar industry on the verge. This is a must-see film because it destined to become an icon of the marijuana anti-prohibition movement.
Even to someone who has not consumed weed in decades, this film definitely opens anyone’s eyes concerning the detrimental economic, social and human ramifications created by marijuana prohibition. It takes the viewer through a journey of real life stories involving the relatively new California legal marijuana industry using a refreshing angle which does not focus strictly on the medicinal value of marijuana.
The widespread responsible consumption of marijuana for personal recreation and mood enhancement is addressed as well. While there are many light and entertaining moments which are implied by a somewhat playful title, the subject matter and the production values of this film give it a serious historical position as an iconic mainstream documentary film.