Grass: The History of Marijuana (1999) Documentary


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Grass: The History of marijuana‘┬áNarrated by Wood Allen , explores the history of the American government’s official policy on marijuana in the 20th century.

This film is about the history of a hysteria- says documentary filmmaker Ron Mann about his new feature titled GRASS. It’s about marijuana and the history of repression surrounding it-

The world of marijuana, now variously reported to be a $10 Billion to $30 billion industry in North America with more than 200,000 growers, comes vibrantly alive in this fact-filled, fascinating story of our love-hate relationship with that resilient weed variously known as grass, pot, or dope.

It is about the people who discovered and spread the use of marijuana as a recreational drug, the sailors, jazz men, entertainers, blacks and Mexicans, poets and beatniks, as well as their antagonists in the Bureau of Narcotics, headed by Harry Anslinger, (author of Marijuana: Assasin of Youth), who sought to drive grass underground.

Edited out of 500 hours of archival footage on the history of marijuana in North America, the film focuses on a long lasting and fierce prohibition that has seen the number of North American pot smokers rise from 60,000 (at the time it was outlawed) to 30 million.

GRASS is an informative and entertaining kaleidoscope of the longest-running and most disobeyed prohibition in the history of the USA, an epic tale of how Government bureaucrats created a climate which turned literally millions of users, at least


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