By Mesa Messenger Editorial Staff
Get ready to dive head-first into the very DNA of the modern day marijuana debate as the truth is revealed behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose cannabis. You will be sucked in from the beginning as the ominous SWAT team raid unfolds. The first voice heard is the dulcet sound of Dr. Lester Grinspoon, who at 87 might be the oldest and most famous living marijuana legalization advocate.
“The Culture High”, showcases the likes of rapper Snoop Dogg, director Kevin Smith, comedian Joe Rogan, rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill, and a slew of the world’s top scientists, politicians, and celebrity personalities. It scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveals the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.
Over the past four decades, federal and state governments have poured over $1 trillion into drug war spending and relied on taxpayers to foot the bill. Unfortunately, these tax dollars have largely been wasted. The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second*, State and local governments spent at least another 25 billion dollars.**
With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession skyrocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, “”The Union: The Business Behind Getting High””, this film raises the stakes with some of today’s biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum.
Former undercover agents, university professors, and a cast of unforgettable characters from all points of view come together for an amusing yet insightful portrait of cannabis prohibition and the grasp it has on society as a whole. “The Culture High” will strip search the oddity of human nature and dare to ask the question: What exactly is going on here?
Next time you pay taxes on anything you buy, you will most definitely wonder if your dollars are in fact funding the War on Drugs that is enslaving America more everyday.
Sit back and enjoy the ride! (Click to watch the riveting trailer):
** Source: Jeffrey A. Miron & Kathrine Waldock: “The Budgetary Impact of Drug Prohibition,” 2010.