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With California and the rest of the country going bankrupt, one business is booming. How Weed Won the West is the story of the growing Medical Marijuana industry, focusing on Los Angeles with over 1000 legal dispensaries doling out the buds. Following the story of Organica, a southland dispensary which was raided by state and federal agencies in August of 2009, the film shows that although much has changed with Obama in office, the drug war is nowhere near over. Kevin Booth, producer/director of American Drug War, picks up where the last film left off and continues his fight against the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs. Intended to inform and entertain, this fast paced and even sometimes funny film features Texas conspiracy guru Alex Jones, Ethan Nadelmann head of Drug Policy Alliance, and a host of amazing characters including a former LAPD narcotics officer who now thinks all drugs should be legal.

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In the follow-up to his ground-breaking documentary American Drug War, filmmaker Kevin Booth traces the fight against Federal drug regulation in the State of California. A public majority has spoken and said yes to states rights, allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana and opening up a new front in controversial medicinal 'dispensaries.' While users herald the freedom of legally-licensed & weed,& powerful forces at the DEA and law enforcement haven't given up their federal enforcement power yet. Many dispensaries have been raided, targeting their distribution of marijuana and challenging their authority to rise into legitimate business. In the backdrop of this public dispute is the Dark Alliance-- where governments handle the volume of drug trafficking and work with cartels and drug dealers to manage the drug flow. Just like the prohibition of alcohol, drugs have thrived on their illicit appeal, and doomed millions of non-violent offenders to incarceration and prosecution. Now, those swearing by the healing power of medicinal marijuana as well as those who simply refuse to be outlawed by a hypocritical rogue government are daring to stand up and declare that the violence, corruption and uncontrolled flow of drugs is due to the prohibition of the substance, not the substance itself. Big Pharma has put millions of non-violent drug users on hallucinogenic prescription drugs and instituted new forms of addiction and dependency, challenging our outdated notions that is only illegal drugs are doing harm to our people. --infowars

Kevin Booth s documentary provides crucial background on the government s long-standing war against marijuana. Even if you are opposed to the use of marijuana, this issue is rapidly becoming one of several focal points in the battle between the states and the federal government. Do the feds have the right to intervene in state-based medical marijuana dispensaries? Do they have the authority to overturn locally enacted laws decriminalizing or even legalizing marijuana? In How Weed Won the West, Booth investigates these issues and more. He infiltrates psuedo-legal California growers, investigates DEA raids on licensed dispensaries and even undertakes to sample the disputed medicine for himself. He interviews radio host Alex Jones, former drug dealers, real-life gang members, legal-weed pitch men, activists and advocates to find the truth. Marijuana legalization like it or not is at the forefront of the liberty movement. Booth s film is a perfect starting point to get educated on this important issue. ----Kurt Nimmo infowars

That was the best I have ever seen Alex Jones captured. He was serious yet, with a sense of humor --Craig Ruben temple 420

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  • Actors: Alex Jones, Ethan Nadelmann, Freeway Ricky Ross, Craig Rubin X, Bret Bogue
  • Directors: Kevin Booth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SCP Enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NRA0GM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Its really educational and heart warming too.
Brandon
Very educational concerning the history of marijuana, prohibition, and what we are facing today.
Rheena M. Estravit
In the end I felt that I had mostly wasted my time by watching it.
Robin L. McLaughlin

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tomaine on February 16, 2010
Format: DVD
This is a must-see film because it destined to become an icon of the marijuana anti-prohibition movement. Even to someone who has not consumed weed in decades, this film definitely opens anyone's eyes concerning the detrimental economic, social and human ramifications created by marijuana prohibition.

It takes the viewer through a journey of real life stories involving the relatively new California legal marijuana industry using a refreshing angle which does not focus strictly on the medicinal value of marijuana. The widespread responsible consumption of marijuana for personal recreation and mood enhancement is addressed as well.

While there are many light and entertaining moments which are implied by a somewhat playful title, the subject matter and the production values of this film give it a serious historical position as an iconic mainstream documentary film.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Global Chillin' on February 16, 2010
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Even if you do not partake in marijuana, you should see this film and learn just how much the government is lying to you and willfully ignoring the will of the People. To date, citizens of 14 states, voted for medical marijuana access. And YET the Feds still raid legally established dispensaries and growers. The tenth amendment of the constitution assures that the citizens of the state decide what is best for their state and not the federal goverment. this film does a great job of exploring how medical marijuana started its journey towards legalization and the propoganda war that has brainwashed society into thinking this is more dagerous than cigarettes, alcohol or processed foods. Learn about "Freeway" Ricky Ross who was the biggest dealer back in the day who was supplied by none other than the FBI and CIA. And learn about how Ross was thrown under the bus by the same feds after he outlived his usefulness.

Do yourself a favor and watch the film. Then do a little research on the pimp game big pharma and big government is pulling on citizens. Put the pieces together and it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out why the government doesn't marijuana legalized. Imagine what would happen if people learned the truth about a completely natural, sustainable medicine that can alleviate much of what ails us. Imagine what would happen if the government would have to admit that they were HORRIBLY wrong about their fake war on drugs.

There's a reason why Thomas Jefferson wrote the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution on hemp.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rheena M. Estravit on April 22, 2010
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Very educational concerning the history of marijuana, prohibition, and what we are facing today. Real life accounts of DEA raid victims, doctors, patients, lawyers, cancer survivors, pharmaceutical victims. Informational, inspirational.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mary on April 22, 2010
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The documentary was awesome. Kevin Booth does a great job at putting together multiple, and often conflicting perspectives on medical marijuana, its legalization, and on exposing many myths surrounding the medial marijuana industry. The material gathered in this documentary will make you laugh, it will make you sad, it will make you think, and some of it will likely make you angry. Whether you support the legalization of medical marijuana or not, your opinion means little without educating yourself first on the issues being debated... so if you need to educate yourself on these issues HWWW is a great place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Reda on March 19, 2010
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"How Weed Won the West" sheds light on the issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana. It presents a detailed outline of each parties' thoughts and outlooks on the legalization of this widely controversial drug. California farmers, DEA members and various members of law enforcement voice their opinions on whether or not marijuana should be legalized. One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the information given about the Dark Alliance, which is a group that works with drug cartels and dealers to regulate the amount of drugs coming into the USA. This film was interesting because it represented the points of view of many different members of the country - from former drug dealers to activists. We also see the filmmaker, Booth, test out the drug in order to demonstrate its effects on the human body. It offers a true look into just how controversial marijuana use has become and how often it is debated within our country each day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Brown on March 15, 2010
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This film has historic footage that should be part of all of our libraries.

Someday soon this film will be seen as a significant cause of change in the pot prohibition scene.

In the meantime its a great video on the medical marijuana realities in California 2010.

One Love and good viewing...

Rev. Tom Brown [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia, P. on January 10, 2011
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I loved Kevin Booth's first film on the so called American drug war and the corruption and hypocrisy behind that sham. This documentary focuses even further on the corrupt politics behind the prohibition of cannabis and some of the players profiting from the illegality of cannabis. I am a huge fan of Alex Jones and he succeeds in helping the viewer to understand that the tyranny of cannabis prohibition is related to government oppression on a much larger level. The film takes us behind the scenes of a prominent medical canna bis club that was brutally raided by the neo fascist DEA and FBI in spite of the fact that President Obama pledged not to focus law enforcement personnel and resources on such trivial pursuits as medical cannabis programs in States where they are legal when there are Al Qaeda terrorists to bring to justice. This was a tragic incident as these scum bag Nazi Gestapo-like agents tore the medical cannabis club premises apart and barbarically shot the pet pit bull several times almost fatally killing it. To understand how our repressive government sets up conditions where it gets to trample upon our civil liberties, this film is "must see" viewing. Cannabis prohibition is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The government strives to keep us stupid and obedient to the State. Cannabis is a threat to the State's quest for total control that includes a plan to outlaw Vitamin C and most vitamins and supplements without a doctor's prescription.
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