Over the last 100 years the United States has forced its drug control policies on almost every country. 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 21 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates: New Zealand.
Through cannabis users and growers, police officers, economists, scientists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, we examine the cause and effect nature of the cannabis business - an industry whose fierce profits are driven up by its illegal status. But is cannabis the deadly drug menace that the government claims it is? Globally, 6 million people die each year from tobacco-related diseases, 5 million from alcohol, half a million from pharmaceutical drugs, all legal drugs… and zero die from cannabis. Has the prohibition stopped people from using cannabis? NZ has the world’s highest rates of cannabis use, followed closely by the US – cannabizness is booming! What’s the number one cash crop in Northland province? Marijuana. What’s the number one cash crop in the United States? Illegal pot harvests are worth more than corn and wheat… combined!
Meanwhile the uses of cannabis as fuel, fibre, building material, paper, food and medicine, plus its fifty thousand industrial applications also remain forbidden by law, driving up the ecocidal profits of oil, chemical, cotton and forestry corporations. Who else is profiting from the illegality of cannabis? Big Pharma, Alcohol & Tobacco - the legal drug industries. Isn’t it curious that alcohol & tobacco kill 100 times as many people as all illicit drugs... combined?
DRUGLAWED investigates how New Zealand has been ensnared in an international war-without-end against the most useful plant on the planet.
DRUGLAWED has been in production since August 2009 and will be released in APRIL 2014. Featuring an international cast of commentators filmed across New Zealand and in Australia, the US, Japan and the Netherlands, all principal photography has already been completed. $150,000 funding was received in 2010 from NZ On Air for the TV3 version of the documentary INSIDE NEW ZEALAND: HIGH TIME? which examined the issues from a purely local perspective. In order to complete our original objective of making a 100 minute feature film which places New Zealand's drug policies in an international context, we have built upon what we shot for television by subsequently investing a further $30,000 into the production. Our remaining target of $4000 will pay for our SOUNDTRACK.
The filmmakers would like to thank the cast for the generosity they showed us with their time and our legions of supporters who have enabled this epic shoot to be accomplished, plus the musicians and sound engineers who are now crafting the soundtrack...
Risks and challenges
Our only remaining challenge is to create a soundtrack in time for our intended release date, 4.20.2014. All the other pieces of our film are already in place... In the event that we are not ready to premiere on 4.20 we will screen a teaser and host an event that day starting at 4.20pm - if you pledge for Premiere/Wrap Party Tickets you'll receive complimentary tickets to all events - score!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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