The Cannabis Party sparks up over a new film about weed, then gets a bit peckish and loses focus.
Here’s the release:
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, 25 February 2015: The Cannabis Party is welcoming the launch of a new documentary about New Zealand’s continuing involvement in the failed War on Drugs.
‘Druglawed’ launched with an Underworld Premiere in Auckland on January 24th, and is scheduled for a grand World Premiere in Dunedin in the coming months. It will also be shown on the film festival circuit.
Party leader Julian Crawford said ‘Druglawed’ was the only feature-length documentary to cover the cannabis issue in New Zealand.
“A number of cannabis experts including Cannabis Party candidates Abe Gray and Maki Herbert appear in the film,” Mr Crawford said.
“The views expressed by the cannabis community are backed by a number of scientists and policy experts, including Prof. David Nutt, Dr. Ethan Nadelmann and Dr. Warren Young of the New Zealand Law Commission.”
The film also documents New Zealand’s first cultivator of medical cannabis Mother Mary Aubert. Mother Mary has been beatified by the Catholic Church, on the way to becoming New Zealand’s first saint.
Director Arik Reiss of SECTION 18 MEDIA said Druglawed “is the explosive documentary exposing how New Zealand has been co-opted by the US into fighting the failed War On Drugs. Filmed in six countries over four years, this is the documentary that finally clears the smoke around New Zealand’s cannabis prohibition”.
“Over the last 100 years the US has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates: New Zealand.”
Druglawed examines how New Zealand fell in lockstep with US policies, and how it can break out. It can be bought on DVD from http://www.druglawed.com