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BBC Timeshift: The Cannabis Years (2006)



“The Cannabis Years” is a BBC documentary on the history of Cannabis as projected by the mainstream media propaganda heralded by the hilarious ‘Reefer Madness’ in the late 20’s and how this viewpoint quickly changed to social acceptance among the masses as the media came under the influence of the cannabis years …

This British documentary traces television and the wider media’s reactions to cannabis, from the hysterical vilification of the drug in the 1930s, the punitive measures of the stop and search laws and prison sentences for possession, to the more considered debates now taking place and the real possibility of a change in the law. The story is told through programme clips from the BBC archives, newspaper headlines and interviews. It covers the high profile star busts of the 60s and 70s (when people like Tony Curtis, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney were taken to court) major drug hauls, science programmes, youth culture and politics. Comments on pot by Chicho Marx, Norman Mailer, Mick Jagger, Dennis Hopper and Shirley MacLaine among many others.

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