Code of The West

Aug 30 - Sep 01, 2013

(Rebecca Richman Cohen, USA, 2012, Digital, 71 min)

Post screening Q&As every evening, with drug policy and enforcement experts!

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 laws. Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, steamy lamplight from 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 conversations create fraught emotions, and the outcome of these battles suggest profound implications for the way we live in America.

  • Join us every night for special post-screening Q&As with drug policy and enforcement experts:


7pm & 9pm Q&A with Matt McCally

Matt McCally is a former corrections official Washington State DOC) and now works/speaks on behalf of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

7pm & 9pm Q&A with Kari Boiter

Kari Boiter is the Americans for Safe Access 2012 Medical Cannabis Advocate of the Year and founder of campaign to Free Chris Williams, one of the medical marijuana growers in Code of the West.

7pm with Alison Holcomb

Alison Holcomb is the Criminal Justice Project Director at the ACLU of Washington and led the successful Washington state initiative to legalize marijuana.

9pm with John Masterson

John Masterson is the former Director of Montana NORML, which works to create a legal marijuana market for adults in Montana.  


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