“Half-baked is one if not the greatest Stoner movies of all time and we believe this category is best summed up by the great, talented, and verbose Jon Stewart.
Enhancement Smoker (Jon Stewart): ‘Did you ever see Scent of a Woman?’
Enhancement Smoker: ‘You ever seen Scent of a Woman… on weed? That’s the way to see it. It’s just wacked.’
This category attempts to capture the Enhancement essence, not necessarily ratings or anything like that, but movies, shows, or videos… well… high.”
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What is cannabis but a harmless flower? This is the question the Public Service Announcement above called “The Flower,” created by Blackmustache studios in collaboration with music and sound designer Ion Furjani, asks in order to change the perspective on marijuana prohibition. The video begins in a vibrant and colorful Utopia, where upon finding a flower that when inhaled alters people to happier states of mind, a gentleman shares the flower with the people of his sunny world. Upon distributing the flower, some people accept its abilities, some are unaffected, and others simply pass it along to another recipient without complaint. Industrialization of the flower occurs. They grow the flowers on farms, cut them into bunches, package, and sell them at retail prices for everyone to enjoy. Not only does the businessman benefit, but the manufacturer does as well. Couples do not quarrel as much with the flower, patients are given alternative and holistic flowers for their ailments, and profit from taxes creates a thriving government, which in turn proliferates a shining society.
However, this perfect portrait of a society surrounded by people who love the flower does not persist. Eventually, the government is tainted with conservative and prohibitionist propaganda, by people who loathe the flower for its capabilities. Therefore, they destroy every flower in sight, rush the flower shops, arrest troves of people, and disallow medicinal use of the flower. The pharmacy turns into a prison, and the government suffers as they are no longer afforded the copious tax dollars generated from the flower. When people do not have access to the flower, they have to resort to other government-sponsored and destructive substances such as the caffeine in coffee, the nicotine in cigarettes, the alcohol in beer. The pharmacy becomes a place where people with one medical issue take a pill just to be plagued by the side effects it creates.
Finally, a tattered flower sprouts from the ground in the midst of this chaos, and as an innocent civilian attempts to pluck it and save it for himself, he is murdered by black market and mob interests who, like the government, capitalize on the prohibition of the flower. The second half of the film epitomizes the situation we are currently in, where government interest blights the image of marijuana; while the first half indulges us with a look to the future, where cannabis is enjoyed by all, respected for its industrial implementation, and treated as an organic and economically sound medicinal alternative to the overbearing pharmaceutical commercial enterprise. Today, we should realize this scheme is the situation and rise up to take back what is rightfully ours, the flower, cannabis, marijuana, ganja, the golden grass. No longer should we be afraid to walk out in the streets and shout from the rooftops our passionate love for the leaf. We have the moral high ground, we possess the extensive research, and we are the future. To quote V from the Wachowski brothers theatrical interpretation of Alan Moore’s graphical novel, V for Vendetta, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”