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Jack Herer, a longtime outspoken defender of legalizing the hemp plant, is known to some as "the prophet of pot" and to others as a central figure in an important environmental cause. This documentary uses interviews, archival footage, and an entertaining style to look at Herer's life - including his early days as a Goldwater Republican, his stint as a "political prisoner" during the Reagan era, and historic protests and key moments in the controversy over cannabis. The film provides background on the effective, practical worldwide use of hemp for manufacture of paper products, rope, and other basic materials - suggesting that U.S. industry could shift toward using hemp for fiber and oil-based products, instead of relying on timber, petroleum, and less-renewable resources. (59 minutes)


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