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Grass (15-Sep-1999)

Director: Ron Mann

Writer: Solomon Vesta

Keywords: Documentary, Marijuana

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Woody Harrelson
23-Jul-1961   Woody from Cheers
Ivan Stang
21-Aug-1954   Church of the SubGenius


Review by Crazy Quagga (posted on 15-Feb-2005)

Director Ron Mann's film Grass is a suprisingly honest look at the United States government's 60+ year war on marijuana. Although the documentary's content is shown in a humorous manner, the information is accurate -- far more accurate than most anti-drug programs and pamphlets.

Narrated by Woody Harrelson, the film traces the legacy of "reefer madness" hysteria to the rampant racism of the eary 20th century, when the first marijuana bans were used as an excuse to deport Mexicans who enjoyed smoking the herb. As the film traces the path of cannabis prohibition throughout the years, it utilizes old propaganda, film strips and interviews, intended to cast a sometimes ironic light on the changing politics and attitudes towards marijuana use.

One of the most clever devices Mann uses is to occasionally tally up the amount of money the government has spent on the anti-pot crusade during certain periods of time. The numbers add up -- fast -- and solidify the movie as a damning indictment against the war on marijuana.

Review by mike (posted on 18-May-2005)

I thought the movie was a kind of reality check. I, being a smoker of marijuana, liked how they showed the real side of the "war". I think the fact that woody narrated it made it awesome. It is fucking sweet.

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