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How Weed Won the West Reviews

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July 15, 2012
How Weed Won the West is a documentary about medical marijuana, most notably, medical marijuana in California. How we tell if a documentary is good is if we learn stuff, we are entertained, and whatever the filmmaker is trying to get across, gets across. Well all those things are true with How Weed Won. Kevin Booth is a good little documentary filmmaker. Look also at his American Drug War. 

In How Weed Won, we go into dispensaries, into grow houses, and into the lives of users. We learn some of the laws behind medical marijuana, how to get it, and why it's necessary. We see victims of terminal diseases who use marijuana to help them sustain life, and it works. We also see politicians(with clear agendas) say that medical marijuana is a fraud. That it is lying. That it is corrupting are youth. If you don't think marijuana is a medicine, go fucking try it and they say that. I smoke weed daily, mostly at night to relieve shoulder pain from a surgery and help me sleep. I'm not a terminal cancer patient or anything like that, but weed has its benefits for just about anyone. Have a headache? Smoke weed, it will help. Depressed? Smoke weed, it will help. Have social disorders that don't allow you to be around big groups of people? Smoke weed, it will help. The social aspect is also huge in what makes me love marijuana. I'm not the best with talking to people I don't know or being around large groups of people, but damn I smoke a joint and I don't really care anymore. And it's not that type of I don't care that you get from alcohol where you're just stupid. You can be high and function. I have no problem being high around parents, grandparents, teachers, anyone because they won't know.

I like what Alex Jones says in this documentary near the end. He says even if you aren't a weed smoker, like himself, you should still push for the legalization of it. Because guess what, it's going to drive crime down and give a natural medicine to people who need it. That's what most people don't understand and won't let you tell them. Weed is medicine. Its effects are numerous and its harms are zero. Look at the medicine you have to take and all the side effects they cause. Could cause: ear bleeding, liver failure, panic attacks, thoughts of suicide, lack of sleep, allergic reaction, loss of taste, loss of smell, lose of hearing, loss of sight, heart problems, loss of breath, etc. Yet all those DRUGS are legal. So why isn't marijuana? You know the side effects for marijuana? It could cause you to eat. That's about it. 

This debate isn't really even a debate yet it continues to be. How Weed Won demonstrates this perfectly. Plus you got to love a documentary that has its filmmaker smoking weed on camera and also going to get a medical card. If you are in anyway unsure on this topic, watch this movie. If you don't quote understand marijuana's benefits, watch this movie. If you think marijuana is bad, watch this movie. If you think marijuana is good, smoke a joint and watch this movie. Just watch the movie. 
March 11, 2012
Very informative and interesting documentary on marijuana, mainly focusing on the marijuana movement in California. Great points on why marijuana is still illegal and it's medicinal values. Free the weed!
January 17, 2012
Make it legal Canada . Do I can fight off depression.
April 27, 2011
This movie makes its point very clearly. Kevin Booth, and the interviewees therein, fully believe in the power of weed. They want it legalized, and they want it done now. The problem with the way Booth presents his argument is that when it comes to the people he actually interviews, not once does he choose a person from the opposite side of the argument.

Don't mistake me, he shows the opposition, but only through clips of previous interviews and the like. He just has no first-hand footage of the proponents for marijuana prohibition and, really, to complain about that is just nitpicking. It's a solid documentary that presents itself bluntly (no pun intended) and what it slightly lacks is full blown scientific facts to back up its arguments, it makes up for in heart and presentation.

That being said, this movie isn't going to change your opinion about weed. If you don't like it, you're just going to see a bunch of pot heads standing in front of a camera yelling "LEGALIZE IT". If you do like it, you're going to love the movie and feel that a great injustice has befallen the American people. Either way, if you're interested, the film certainly isn't a waste of time.
July 17, 2010
Not the best marijuana documentary I've seen, but it still proves many valid points against the war on drugs. I enjoyed the more raw-feel of the production.
½ July 6, 2010
Interesting movie, even though it focuses on the bad things that followed the good of the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.

It also show several good sides of the case, but it seems like, there is a gap between legislation and law enforcement.
May 21, 2010
know your local drug laws kids...
May 18, 2010
An excellent doc about weed. A must watch for everyone who smokes.. and even people who don't!
May 16, 2010
very interesting watch
May 15, 2010
A great documentary about pot. Includes Alex Jones, which gives this doc some good insight on the police-state we live in today. It really shows how the police & government is the new-age mafia. Watch this! Weather you smoke pot or not.
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