Documentaries about Marijuana

24 02 2007

 

Tuesday, February 27th in HCL 4

8:00 PM- BBC: The Cannabis Years
This British documentary traces television and the wider media’s reactions to cannabis, from the hysterical vilification of the drug in the 1930s, the punitive measures of the stop and search laws and prison sentences for possession, to the more considered debates now taking place and the real possibility of a change in the law. The story is told through program clips from the BBC archives, newspaper headlines and interviews. It covers the high profile star busts of the 60s and 70s (when people like Tony Curtis, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney were taken to court) major drug hauls, science programmes, youth culture and politics. Comments on pot by Chicho Marx, Norman Mailer, Mick Jagger, Dennis Hopper and Shirley MacLaine among many others.

8:45 PM- LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)

LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.

By continuing to fight the so-called “War on Drugs”, the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy.

Grass

9:00 PM- ‘Grass’ (A History of Marijuana)

This is an excellent walk through the history of Marijuana. Woody Harrelson, well know Marijuana reform advocate, narrates this 1 hour and 19 minute documentary.

The film shows the complete history of Marijuana prohibition and how the various laws and institutions associated with it’s prohibition came to be. The documentary is factually based and has little commentary either for or against Marijuana while the film is clearly against prohibition.

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