Weed, Greed and Legalization

For decades, marijuana was a key part of the counter-culture movement, dubbed ‘probably the most dangerous drug’ by President Reagan and detested by the establishment. But as the movement to ‘normalize’ it grows and more and more states chose regulation over prohibition, what happens when weed goes corporate? What impact does it have on violence, public health and state finances? Are the key beneficiaries big corporations?

In Holland, the law protects consumers but not the sellers, who operate in a grey legal area. Legally-grown marijuana in America is now more competitive than the marijuana grown in Mexico and sold on black market. Petty dealers are being forced to sell harder products.

Filmed in the United States, Canada, Uruguay, Mexico and Europe, this film profiles the experience of pioneer countries. Did legalization fulfil all the expectations it raised?


  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: Yuzu Productions
  • Director: Xavier Deleu, Stephanie Loridon
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Festival Internacional Cine Cannabico del Rio de La Plata (Argentina), Festival Internacional Cine Cannabico de Santiago de Chile (Chile)

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