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Mature 15+

Mature 15+

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A Wild And Colourful Ride Through The History Of Marijuana Prohibition... Whether preaching to the converted or faithful or not, the film Grass, by Canadian filmaker Ron Mann is a wild and colourful ride. Tracing the history of the laws against the sacred mj from its origins in anti-Mexican prejudice at the turn of the century, right through to when it was seen as part of the vast Communist conspiracy, we are lovingly navigated by none other that avid pro-hemp campaigner himself, Woody Harrelson. 


Consider this a documentary for those who inhaled. Ron Mann's playful portrait of marijuana in America is less a social history than an examination of the government's systematic seven-decade campaign to demonize the devil's weed: the conspiracy against cannabis! Through government documents, period newsreels, and clips from hysterical educational scare films and campy overheated features (like High on the Range and the cult classic Reefer Madness), Mann reveals a systematic policy of misinformation to (he argues) justify the billions spent on the losing war on drugs. Well researched if one-sided and occasionally questionable in its own assertions (aren't there any side effects to this wonder weed?), this witty history lesson is charged with raucous energy and a satirical slant. Mann and his easygoing narrator Woody Harrelson may be preaching to the converted, but it's a hilarious sermon. Pass the munchies! --Sean Axmaker
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2003
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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