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

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Ron Mann

Writer:

Solomon Vesta

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Cast

Credited cast:
Woody Harrelson ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry J. Anslinger Harry J. Anslinger ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Cab Calloway ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Chevy Chase ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Krupa ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Erva See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,578, 4 June 2000

Gross USA:

$313,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,039
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Sphinx Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Ontario Censor Board wanted to remove some 1960s footage of some lab monkeys forced to smoke dope as it depicted animal cruelty. See more »

Quotes

["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 »

Connections

References Drug Addict (1948) See more »

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All the Jive is Gone
Performed by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy
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The writer & director make thier point
23 June 2001 | by alrupertSee all my reviews

I find reviews interesting in that they tell us what the "reviewer" got out of the movie. I will try to give a true review, and I believe a true "review" tells what point the movie was making. Of course this would be what I got out of the movie, so is it a true review. Maybe the only way for a person to really know what a movie is about is to watch it and not worry about what someone else thought of it. I think this movie was written as a "documentary" and it documents the propaganda about drug from the beginning of the century. It attempts to show those of us who have seen the current propaganda our how it has been presented over the generations. I saw the point as being how serious the subject is taken now, and how we are told that the current law is based on the facts, when their facts came from a propaganda campaign. And if you look deep enough you will see that that propaganda campaign was perpetrated for the interest of Big Business. The purpose of the "war against marijuana" is not to eliminate the use. It is to prevent the growth of hemp which competes with the cotton industry, petroleum industry, paper industry, etc. It is also interesting that we continue to let the propaganda confuse the marijuana plant with the hemp plant.


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