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
Jun 13, 2014 Limited
Sep 15, 2014
First Run Pictures - Official Site
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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.
Portraying emotion and devil's advocacy are this balanced film's strong suits.
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.
A fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress.
Because the battle for legalization is still being fought in most other states, the lack of an up-to-date perspective is frustrating.
...a conventional and straightforward documentary...[but] well done and well worth seeing if you have any interest in either pot or the political process.
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.
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.
...Evergreen feels like it only scratches the surface in between being self-congratulatory.
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