- Posted by ld-admin
- On May 4, 2017
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- cannabis, documentary, drug war, marijuana, medical marijuana, politics, popular culture, review
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of sitting down with your parents to watch a documentary about marijuana seemed ridiculous for many of us. But times, they have definitely changed.
Currently, more than half (60% to be exact) of the people in the United States believe marijuana should be legal. This evolving social perspective on cannabis has led to a more educated and eloquent dialogue in many areas of society.
One area that stands out is film. Years back, movies about marijuana like the Cheech and Chong films, “Dazed and Confused” and “Pineapple Express” did nothing to break the “stoner” stereotype. Even the documentaries – “Super High Me” – made cannabis users look like brain-dead dopes.
So it wasn’t until the first time I watched “The Culture High” – a 2015 documentary by Canadian director Brett Harvey – that not only was my passion regarding the hypocrisy of the “Drug War” reignited, but I also gained a newfound respect for the medicinal aspects of marijuana. This film moved me so much that I begged all my friends to watch it – which meant I watched it a few more times just to witness their reactions first-hand and also to hear their thoughts afterward.
Enter my parents to the equation. With cannabis films of the past, I never would have asked them to sit through one with me. But “The Culture High” offers an in-depth historical perspective back to the inception of the Drug War (brought to us by Richard Nixon and eventually Ronald Reagan). It also does a great job of mixing varied experts from Harvard researchers and addiction psychologists to pop icons like Snoop Dogg and Joe Rogan, which allows the documentary to resonate with different demographics.
Harvey and his crew have a deft touch for emotional and captivating storytelling that conveys more than just statistics and quotes. Whether it’s the portion on the prison epidemic in America and the nasty cycle of recidivism that is perpetuated by our system that makes you angry or the segment on the young child whose life is decimated by seizures until his father discovers the miracle of CBD that moves you to tears, this documentary will definitely make you feel something.
In the case of my parents, it was thought-provoking and gave them some new perspectives to consider. For two people who have never consumed marijuana, that’s a good way to start the conversation. Whether you’re a veteran smoker or not, “The Culture High” is well worth its two-hour running time to expand your – or anyone else’s – knowledge on this political and moral topic that is quickly rising to the forefront of our society.