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THE RIGHT TO BE HIGH: Colorado's cannabis experiment

Pot Luck: The Altered State of Colorado
Regissør: Jane Wells

LEGALIZATION: Has the legalization of marijuana led to idyllic freedom for users, or has another market for cynical profit hunters emerged?

When Colorado residents voted to change the law and legalize the use of marijuana "for recreational use," many thought this would give the regular cannabis user, who grows a plant or two in the garden, the freedom to relax on couch with a joint and enjoy themselves in peace and quiet. However, they did not take into account the aggressive commercial forces: After the law came into force in 2014, cannabis was quickly turned into a mass-produced and marketed product, and unscrupulous profit hunters have since cynically exploited poor neighborhoods, where the colored population is in the majority.

At least this is the documentary Pot Luck: The Altered State of Colorado claims. British filmmaker Jane Wells focuses on the negative aspects of legalizing cannabis, and the film largely serves as a warning. US marijuana laws vary from state to state, and Colorado was one of the first states (among eleven in total) to legalize the drug. Wells investigates the consequences of legalization through interviews with a wide range of experts, rabbit enthusiasts, police and commercial players.


The opening sequence takes us into the International Church of Cannabis in Denver. The denomination is housed in a hundred-year-old (formerly Lutheran) church – with a sensational interior: neon psychedelic art on all walls and ceilings, painted by one. . .

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Carmen Gray
Gray is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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