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Legalizing Weed: Four Films That Swayed Public Opinion for Hemp

By    |   Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 10:36 PM

While public opinion on legalizing weed is still fairly evenly split, more Americans support hemp use than ever before. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of adults currently support legalization, a number that rose 11 points between 2010 and 2013. As the times change, media is an important part of influencing public opinion.

Here are four films that help shift the tide toward the positive:

1. "A Norml Life" (2011)
This one-hour documentary sheds light on the medical marijuana movement, featuring personal stories about its effectiveness from both patients and medical practitioners. The film also interviews key leaders from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the nation’s foremost hemp advocacy group.

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2. "A Culture High" (2014)
Director Brett Harvey was nominated for several awards for this feature length documentary, which explores the history of marijuana prohibition in America and challenges the long held assumptions behind the nation’s war on drugs. The film, which features Joe Rogan, Richard Branson, and Snoop Dogg, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Newsweek noted that the movie “shows the insanity of the war on weed.”

3. "Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" (2013)
The New York Times called this documentary about Washington state’s path to legalizing weed “Marijuana’s journey to legitimacy.” The film discusses Initiative 502, which was the state’s original proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use in addition to medical use, as well as the opposition this initiative received by marijuana activists who felt it pandered to the war on drugs rather than highlighting weed’s safety and benefits.

4. "American Drug War II: Cannabis Destiny" (2013)
This documentary tells the heartbreaking story of a 2-year-old boy suffering from incurable cancer. While his family is told the diagnosis is terminal, their son makes a miraculous recovery with the aid of cannabis oil. The movie features interviews with marijuana activists and opponents as well as a range of medical professionals, including the head oncologist at San Francisco General Hospital.

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Three states and Washington, D.C., currently have legalized weed for recreational use, with an additional 17 states allowing medical use. As these films depict, marijuana for medical and recreational use is becoming more acceptable in the U.S., in the eyes of the public as well as by lawmakers.

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