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Relive Washington State's Fight for Marijuana Legalization in Evergreen

Relive Washington State's Fight for Marijuana Legalization in <I>Evergreen</I>

In 2012, advocates for marijuana legalization pushed Initiative 502 onto the ballot in Washington state. This year, director Riley Morton released the documentary Evergreen: The Road to Legalization, which chronicles the months leading up to the vote.

In interviews with recreational and medical marijuana users, dealers, and legislators, as well as footage from protests, rallies, and events like Hempfest in Seattle, Morton slowly builds a case for legalization. More than 40 percent of drug-related arrests in the United States are tied to marijuana.

Riley sees this as an argument in favor of the decriminalization of a substance many Americans use. One interviewee, a white man, says, "If you don't think these kids [who get arrested] are going to be kids of color primarily, then you're not in the real world any more."

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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization
Directed by Riley Morton
First Run Features
Opens June 12, Cinema Village



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Morton argues that legalization will make the United States safer and fairer, even for Americans who don't use the drug. It's easy to feel the activist urgency in the air, across conversations and events, and it's clear that Morton is capturing a moment of change and knows it, even if his buoyant argument has deflated somewhat in the intervening two years.

Because the battle for legalization is still being fought in most other states, the lack of an up-to-date perspective is frustrating. It's no spoiler, two years after the vote in Washington, to say that the state legalized the possession of marijuana for personal, recreational use, up to an ounce.

Unfortunately, the film's most fascinating moment is an offhand suggestion that each of the 50 states could act as a demographic testing ground for marijuana regulation, which seems like the idea for a movie that can't yet be made.

 
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Downthelaw
Downthelaw

First of all great picture at the top. But this is a good read for legalization advocates. We need to end this wasteful, costly, FAILED prohibition once and for all. And to see that even after Washington has put in their vote for such a great thing, that there are still morons out there trying to fight it. If' you can't see the glory in legalization. Then at least try to see the glory in the end of this terrible prohibition. There are so many reasons why this prohibition needs to be ended asap and it make me personally sick to know that people are out there that can't understand that. Wake up and smell the pot America.  

 

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