“You can’t live in a world that is free and drug free. It just can’t happen.”
The Culture High is a documentary that takes the legalization of marijuana debate, and with its insightful use of research and cast from across a broad spectrum of professions, connects the social, political, and economic greed that gives the prohibition its immoral merit.
Director Brett Harvey has achieved a clever insight into how the prohibition of marijuana props up giants such as the private prison enterprise, the pharmaceutical companies, Congress and policy making, and the militarization of our police. The exploration of our freedom of rights as a sovereign individual who should have the right to govern their own decisions that affect their own health, is not a subject taken lightly, or on a whim. The documentary that runs for two hours is engaging from start to finish.
Watch the trailer below:
Within the film you will hear accounts from British MI5 Intelligence Officers, Harvard Law Professors, former DEA commissioners, police chiefs, the scientific and medical community, actors, comedians, journalists, and more. The common thread is that they all advocate the legalization; they advocate because they have witnessed the damage – professional, or personal – that the prohibition of marijuana has created for society on a global scale.
Key word: ‘War’ – The Militarization of the Police
Graeme Hancock sums up the documentary’s intentions in one phrase, “When we hear the word ‘war’ [alarm bells should ring],” he says. “[It means] the mind management game is going on.” What he’s referring to is the War on Drugs policies that have led society further into a dystopian world of lost rights and hidden agenda.
Medicinal Benefits – The Pharmaceutical Companies would Fall
Dr. William Courtney speaks about the pharmaceutical company being effectively replaced if prohibition were to be lifted. He explains in lay terms the endocannabinoid system within our bodies, and how medically, the use of marijuana mimics cells by helping them function and regulate. The world has “[medically] never seen a substance like this,” he says. Its ability to “interface on a molecular level with cells” has the potential to naturally combat all kinds of medical ailments.
**Listed as a Schedule 1 drug means that the drug in question has no medicinal qualities.
Follow the Bouncing Ball – The Domino Effect
The history begins with the Nixon administration taking a hard line on criminalizing marijuana. By 1971 the move has gone global. From there, Brett Harvey documents the events that soon followed:
- The rise of the private prison industry to deal with an increase in drug convictions;
- Contracts signed between prisons and the state, to maintain a quota level to fill beds in prisons;
- More arrests – of minor drug convictions rather than violent crimes;
- The militarization of the police to help enforce these arrests;
- Mainstream media and corporate approval of new legal sanctions;
- Congress lobbied by the dollar, not the policy – medicinal research ignored;
- Capitalist endeavors and the rise of the pharmaceutical enterprise;
- More deaths result from alcohol and prescription drugs than marijuana – documented, but ignored;
Its a vicious circle.
It’s not that the research isn’t out there, they argue. The Age of Information has allowed more and more people to research and understand the benefits that come from lifting marijuana prohibition. As Joe Rogan articulates, this will all collapse in on itself under the weight of evidence one day.
But the biggest hurdle isn’t the information. It’s what we have become used to as a society. “What has become the norm.” That in itself is the problem.
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