Watch: First Trailer for 'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' TIFF Doc
"In this 90 minute program, masters of the trade are going to reveal to you their secrets." The moment I saw this on the TIFF line-up, my first thought was: they could not have chosen a more provocative title for this. Of course it's a documentary about the war on drugs, I don't even need to tell you that! But what makes this one different? How To Make Money Selling Drugs gives us a satirical glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the "war on drugs," delivering a diverse and unique perspective through interviews with people like 50 Cent, Eminem, Arianna Huffington, and infamous drug kingpin "Freeway" Rick Ross. Check this out.
Here's the first official trailer for Matthew Cooke's How To Make Money Selling Drugs, from Apple:
This documentary offers an in-depth look at the high-stakes world of drug dealing and drug enforcement, featuring interviews with top-ranking government officials and such celebrities as Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon and The Wire creator David Simon. From TIFF: "Blending authentic reportage with pop culture references and a video game-like progression from level to level, the film illustrates step-by-step how to create a drug empire, from dealing on the corner to running a major cartel." This is the directorial debut of former tech exec Matthew Cooke, who also edited the award winning doc Deliver Us from Evil. Cooke's How To Make Money is premiering at the Toronto Film Fest, where it's seeking a distributor. Interested?
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Prohibition is an absolute scourge—The End! The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS. If you support prohibition then you support bank-rolling criminals and terrorists. There's simply no other logical way of looking at it.
Malcolm Kyle on Aug 30, 2012
Honestly, I think the war on drugs is fucking stupid. For one thing, it clogs up jails and prisons with non-violent offenders which cost us millions of dollars every year; secondly, as soon as you outlaw -anything- you're creating a booming black market for it (oh hi, prohibition!); last but not least, if people feel like pumping shit into their body, by all means...let them. You're responsible for yourself. If in this day and age, where we're living with information overload and every single question one could possibly have about anything, is readily answered by a million sources right at your fingertips and people still think taking deadly drugs is the bees knees, well, then that's really their choice. No hair off my back. You wanna slowly kill yourself? Ok, it's your body, do what you want with it. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous demonization of weed and hemp in particular. Seriously?!? How, with thousands of studies and medical cases that prove its benefits, can people still not accept that legalizing it would be a good idea? Weed (or THC rather) can be purchased in countless different forms, you don't have to smoke it, nor does it necessarily make you high. There are different strains that do different things. My sister's cancer just came back a couple months ago and her pharmaceuticals make her absolutely miserable. She feels sick all the time, is in pain and lost about 40 lbs so far. She now takes two different kinds of weed tinctures. One that takes away the pain instantly but keeps her alert and ready to rock through her work day, and the other one to help with her appetite and sleep at night. All that without the high feeling. Why is this considered a bad thing? Oh, right. It's the unshakable stigma of the lazy burnout couch potato and loser that is glorified in movies and shows. Well, I hate to burst that bubble, but the only people that turn into this cliche on weed are the ones that have the lazy do-nothing attitude, anyways. "Omg, it'll make our kids retarded and turn them onto harder drugs!!11!1!" Yeah, no. The vast majority of regular weed smokers stick to weed and nothing else. Talk to your kids and educate them. I don't smoke weed myself, in fact, I never even smoked a cigarette in my life. It just doesn't interest me, but I have a whole lot of friends, family and colleagues that smoke weed. All of them are very bright, successful people (interestingly enough most of them are in the educational field or work in IT). They maintain steady jobs, have families, regular income and active social lives. If you know what you're doing, weed does not harm you. At all. It's actually physically impossible to overdose and die from it, btw. Plus, what about the tax revenue that would come from regulated weed sales alone. You know, handle dispensaries like liquor stores, tax their products like cigarettes and alcohol? At the same time hemp can be used to produce pretty much everything from clothes to car parts to fucking houses! Without damaging the environment or being ridiculously expensive, because you can just grow it like nobody's business. The hemp industry would be incredibly profitable, but of course we can't have that because it comes from that "evil marijuana plant", oh noes! Well, I could go on for hours about this subject if it wasn't for the increasing frustration that comes with the knowledge that my arguments mostly fall on deaf ears, anyways. So, on that note... /essay
SuicidalOptimist on Aug 30, 2012
What is this I don't even...
emem on Aug 30, 2012
You make great points; but the reality of the matter is that drug dealers are the wealthy in this country and they have the say. I'm not trying to sound like some pot head hippie talking crap about the government but its the truth. The dope boys wont let drugs get legalized simply because they would lose WAY to much money.
Javier ® on Oct 17, 2012
I think an even bigger problem is the pharma industry. There is no way they would agree to the legalization of drugs, weed in particular, as it would rip a huge hole into their collective wallets.
SuicidalOptimist on Oct 18, 2012
Another documentary about the war on drugs, who gives a shit at this point...
Hazedmind on Aug 30, 2012
should be an interesting movie. It looks like it's glorifying and promoting the drug world.
superfan on Aug 30, 2012
Prescription medicine is where the real money is. Get some of that methadone dollars. Sudafed n shiiiiiiiiit.
Carpola on Aug 30, 2012
Cool how they have celebs
Marc Callado on Sep 1, 2012
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