Synopsis by Mark Deming
Noted adult filmmaker Alex DeRenzy traded sex for drugs with this documentary about the international marijuana trade, one of his few efforts outside the world of hard-core porn. Book ended by footage of a congressional commission formed by then-president Richard M. Nixon discussing America's laws regarding marijuana and other recreational drugs, DeRenzy and his crew travel across the United States and around the world to study attitudes about marijuana and laws against it's use. In Missouri, DeRenzy interviews a game warden who shows pastures where wild marijuana plants provide home and cover for game birds. A visit to Nepal includes a stop at a shop where hashish is openly sold with government approval. A busy drug market is discovered in Cambodia, with high-grade weed available at bargain prices, and in nearby Saigon, American servicemen talk about the easy availability of marijuana, with factory-rolled joints (complete with cellophane wrapper and tax stamp) sold as "Park Lane Cigarettes." Mexican farmers are filmed cultivating illicit marijuana farms in the hills, and American customs agents discuss their efforts to prevent pot from being brought into the country. And a drug dealer in New York City discusses the pros and cons of his trade and his personal attitudes about marijuana.
drugs, drug-smuggler, marijuana, natural-history, plants [botany]