Evergreen: The Road to Legalization
USA, 2014, 86 Minute Running Time
ENDS THURSDAY at the Sie FilmCenter.
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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization documents how the citizens of Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, and shows the groundbreaking effect of this unprecedented citizen initiative on the state and our nation – the first wave of a revolutionary sea change in American drug policy and freedom. 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 in Washington State, and the architects of Initiative 502 put forth a plan they feel will balance the delicate politics of the region and stand a chance to pass in November.
But many in the local cannabis community are vehemently opposed to I-502, saying it imposes harsh and scientifically arbitrary DUI laws, new taxes, additional restrictions and penalties that negatively impact youth, medical marijuana patients and providers. These unexpected opposing forces create a scintillating inside look at a political clash, showing just how advanced the perspective of many Americans has become on drug policy.
"Captures a crucial moment in the future of marijuana activism – a prologue to the next chapters of marijuana legislation… setting the stage for the discussion of federal legalization." - Indiewire
"A fascinating, extraordinarily well-researched and executed doc." - Filmmaker Magazine
DIRECTOR: Nils Cowan, Riley Morton