Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

20141 hr, 26 mins

Against the backdrop of the 40-year-old “War on Drugs,” the state of Washington became a key battleground in the fight for cannabis prohibition reform. A growing medical pot industry paved the way for cultural change in Washington State, and the architects of Initiative 502 put forth a plan they felt would balance the delicate politics of the region and stood a chance to pass in November.

But many in the local cannabis community were vehemently opposed to I-502, saying it imposes harsh and scientifically arbitrary DUI laws, new taxes, additional restrictions and penalties that negatively impact youth, medical marijuana patients and providers. These unexpected opposing forces create a scintillating inside look at a political clash, showing just how advanced the perspective of many Americans has become on drug policy.