We received an email last week asking us to participate in the screening of How Weed Won the West, a documentary set to debut this 4/20. While I haven’t contacted the Texas Hemp Campaign yet, I plan to see if they’d be interested in helping PassionRiver.com achieve their goal of 420 screenings on 4/20.
How Weed Won the West, filmed by the makers of American Drug War: The Last White Hope, brings to the forefront the economic impact of legalizing cannabis, showcasing California’s storied history with the “drug” as an example of what we can expect should nationwide cannabis legalization become a reality. Here are details from the folks over at PassionRiver.com, followed by a seven-minute clip from the documentary:
While California is going bankrupt, one business is booming. How Weed Won the West is the story of the growing medical cannabis / marijuana industry in the greater Los Angeles area, with over 700 dispensaries doling out the buds. As a treatment for conditions ranging from cancer and AIDS, to anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia, cannabis is quickly proving itself as a healthier natural alternative to many prescription drugs.
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. From Kevin Booth, the producer/director of Showtime’s American Drug War, How Weed Won the West puts California forward as an example to the rest of the country by documenting how legalizing marijuana can help save the economy.