(Rebecca Richman Cohen, Montana, 2012, Blu-ray, 71 min)
As Washington State faces a referendum on legalized marijuana, this look at some of the issues still plaguing Montana’s medical marijuana business offers many lessons to consider.
Once a pioneer in legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, the state of Montana is poised to become the first in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplight of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the West follows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of the law. Following key figures on each side of the debate, the film is a courtroom and political drama. As it explores state sovereignty, patients’ rights and one of the most heated policy questions facing the country today, the film provides insight into the ways in which the debate has affected many lives. Medical marijuana debates create fraught emotions, and the outcome of these battles will have profound implications for the way we live in America.