In 2007, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High was released, and immediately made an impact. Advocates of cannabis reform latched on to its powerful messages and entertaining style of presentation, and shared it among their friends, family and colleagues, especially those who may not have been supportive of cannabis or cannabis legalization, but open to discussing the matter. The movie’s impact continued to grow in subsequent years, as more and more states and localities began to decriminalize and legalize cannabis, for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Now, seven years later, the makers of The Union are releasing its follow-up, titled The Culture High.
The Culture High releases in theaters on October 17th, with special releases in New York and LA on the 3rd and 10th. We were sent a copy of the film early, and will say right away that we recommend it to everyone. Those who are supportive of cannabis law reform will find themselves applauding the movie’s clear and concise reasons for why cannabis prohibition (and the drug war as a whole) is a failure, and those that don’t know much about cannabis or cannabis prohibition will find themselves shocked to learn some of the truth surrounding it, and will be entertained along the way by the movie’s fast-paced and intellectual conservations and information.
Like The Union, The Culture High spends much of its time swiftly switching between interviews, which range from professors and former cops to comedians and rappers. The film explores various subject matters, from an examination of some of cannabis’s medical value, to a detailed look at how the drug war, and the way it has shattered the relationship between cops and civilians, is a potential cause for the fact that cops have become increasingly less successful in solving serious crimes such as murder. Whatever the point the movie is trying to make at the time, it does so in a way that feels simple and entirely comprehensible, while maintaining a level of intellect that will appeal to those looking for a serious, fact-based conversation surrounding cannabis prohibition and the drug war.
As with The Union (although he’s never seen in this film), Adam Scorgie serves as the movie’s narrator. His narration style fits the tone of the movie perfectly, and maintains a fluid consistency that allows the movie to stride along. This is bolstered by the excellent imagery used throughout the film by director Brett Harvey, who also directed The Union.
With the conversation surrounding cannabis prohibition and the drug war at a more critical time then ever – and just days before two more states (Oregon and Alaska) vote on the legalization of cannabis – the release of The Culture High couldn’t be more timely, and we expect its impact to be large and immediate.
You can find more information at TheCultureHigh.com.