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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2014)



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Tracking the behind-the-scenes efforts of both the pro- and anti-initiative groups, the film serves as a case study for other states in determining how to reform their own drug policies, and examines the civic, economic and human impact of marijuana legalization. Against the backdrop of the 40-year-old 'War on Drugs', the state of Washington becomes a key battleground in the fight for cannabis prohibition reform. A growing medical pot industry paves the way for cultural change, while an



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A taut, thorough chronicle of the 2012 campaign to pass Initiative 502 - which proposed legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use - "Evergreen" is an energetic study of a hard-fought battle.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Portraying emotion and devil's advocacy are this balanced film's strong suits.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Dual focus on the need to end the ineffective, destructive "war on drugs" and broader questions of political compromise gives director Riley Morton's film particular resonance.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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[An] assured documentary ...

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source:
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Because the battle for legalization is still being fought in most other states, the lack of an up-to-date perspective is frustrating.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...a conventional and straightforward documentary...[but] well done and well worth seeing if you have any interest in either pot or the political process.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Although there is little new in this film, in either information or presentation, it is an accurate and detailed documentation of how the law works right.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: It's Just Movies
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More than meets the eye. It is not just about the need to legalize a harmless weed but also about the divisions in the pro-legalization community on how to do it right.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source:

...Evergreen feels like it only scratches the surface in between being self-congratulatory.

June 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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The lack of suspense results in something like a one-sided pat on the back for everyone involved.

June 10, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

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