I woke up with the idea to do a 95% dramatic, 5% tongue in cheek- extremely low budget film ~1 minute long specifically to talk about the human loss and tragedy of the war against Marijuana. Starting from the insane way Marijuana was first banned “I think it’s something that the negros use…” / cotton farmer lobbying against hemp, moving onto the human cost of MJ prohibition using relatable figures. Like instead of how many millions of people have been put away for Marijuana charges how many lifetimes have been lost to the war and how many football stadiums worth of people that would equal out to. I’ll pepper in some quotes from poetry and pop culture that accurately describe the racism and more importantly the pain underpinning MJ prohibition. Immediately the Outkast lyric “Marijuana Illegal but Cigarettes cool, I might look kinda funny but I ain’t no fool” and Killer Mike’s lyric:
They declared the war on drugs like a war on terror
But it really did was let the police terrorize whoever
But mostly black boys, but they would call us “ni$&@rs”
And lay us on our belly, while they fingers on they triggers
I’m split as to whether or not to censor the N word. I do find the word extremely offensive but the artist was black and rightfully pissed off and it’s a bit like censoring the N word in Huckleberry Finn.
And of course some actual poetry, not just the rap music I know off the top of my head. The Killer Mike’s quote leads the vid nicely into the militarization of police and MJ violence such as the recent no-knock raid police shooting (yes police injuries/deaths count). And of course highlighting all the people injured/killed by police enforcing Marijuana Prohibition. Perhaps starting as just a list of a few well known cases and then quickly adding more and more as the screen pans out giving the impression of… well something like the P.O.W. and war memorials you see were the list is just overwhelming and tragic.
This leads us into the tongue in cheek part – that all of this suffering, racism, and horror was so all the country would look less like the Wastelands of Colorodo (happy pictures of them celebrating legalization) and Washington. Video would be called “The drug war is working” or “The drug war is definitely working” and it would just be sponsored by Grassmatch.com (A medical Marijuana Site) instead of obvious branding like the last video.