When I began the search for the perfect documentary, I thought the film The Culture High, created just last year in 2014 with $240,022 funded on Kickstarter, was just another film about why marijuana should be legalized, but it proved to be so much more. Incarcerations, “Wars based on concepts,” militarization of police, prohibitions of all kinds, the race for more, the discovery of the motives behind the government, and money are just a few topics explained within The Culture High. Combining the use of animations and interviews with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifia, we also see very interesting and impactful interviews with medical professionals; former secret agents from various federal organizations; patients of diseases; former drug smugglers; experts on mental health and behavior; and even a few Neuropsychopharmacologists, we get a new view on the “War on Drugs” originally forged by Richard Nixon, through portrayals of very real proof of an ignorant nature displayed through very real video evidence.
The film is mainly about understanding what this proposed war is really about and how marijuana fell victim to becoming the target, when the focus should be placed on other and more dangerous outlets. Teaching us about the real and unadulterated history of marijuana and where the hostility stemmed from, we begin to understand the real problems and issues behind our so-called great and grand nation. “It’s not logical or rational, it’s financial,” stated Snoop Dogg. The film was displayed in theaters, made into DVDs, and presented on social media sites, free for the world to see. I found this film incredibly impactful, opening the mind to what is actually happening right now within our nation.