"Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" launches on iTunes

By: Evergreen Film, LLC
 
SEATTLE - Sept. 2, 2014 - PRLog -- Award-winning marijuana documentary "Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" today launched on iTunes for an exclusive digital download and rental period.

Directed by Riley Morton and distributed by First Run Features, the 86-minute film is now available for $19.99 HD Download and $4.99 HD Rental in the Apple iTunes Store.

"Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" is a definitive behind-the-scenes examination of Washington state Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana use at the state level for the first time in America.

The film shines a light on the heated battle that led to the passage of I-502, including its context in the federal 'War on Drugs' and its rippling impact on the future of global drug policy.

During film festival screenings and theatrical openings including New York City, Seattle, Orlando and Denver, "Evergreen" emerged as a must-see case study for citizens, advocates, students, voters and politicians interested in marijuana issues. With today's iTunes release, the documentary is now available to a national home video audience for the first time.

View "Evergreen: The Road to Legalization" on iTunes now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/evergreen-road-to-legali...

The New York Times called the film "Marijuana's Road to Legitimacy" -- a topic that is more relevant than ever, as other states begin to follow Washington and Colorado in reforming their own drug laws.

According to Gallup polls, a majority of Americans now support legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Last week, the Washington city of Fife announced a legal challenge banning I-502 marijuana retailers that could send state-level legalization straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Uruguay has legalized cannabis at the federal level, and countries from Jamaica to the Netherlands are now in the process of reforming their antiquated pot laws. The issue is reaching a worldwide tipping point, and the lessons of "Evergreen" are crucial in shaping future policies that will ultimately end cannabis prohibition in America and worldwide.

"Evergreen" is scheduled for one more theatrical screening in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday, September 10 at Northwest Film Center. Oregon is one of many states voting on cannabis reform this November.

Official trailer, still photos and press resources are on the First Run Features website: http://firstrunfeatures.com/evergreen_press.html

CRITICAL REVIEWS

"Riley Morton's resonant documentary examines two opposing fronts in the battle to decriminalize marijuana use... from the ground up with considerable clarity."
- Variety

"You haven't seen the marijuana legalization debate rage on like this before...
Both sides are given equal time, truly giving the film a sense of urgency that this type of issue truly deserves... a thrilling, stakes-raising bit of storytelling from
everyone involved... A deeply vital piece of political discussion."
- Criterion Cast Review

"An engrossing behind-the-scenes look at how Washington state went from a
politically polarized battleground to be one of the first states to pave the way for drug reform in the U.S... In conjunction with sharp editing and pacing, montages and interviews allow the nearly 90-minute film to roll seamlessly..."
- The Denver Post

"3.5 out of 4 stars. Enlightening... an energetic study of a hard-fought battle...
a lively story about passion and political compromise."
- The Seattle Times

"You haven't seen the marijuana legalization debate rage on like this before...
Both sides are given equal time, truly giving the film a sense of urgency that this type of issue truly deserves... a thrilling, stakes-raising bit of storytelling from
everyone involved... A deeply vital piece of political discussion."
- Criterion Cast Review

"Evergreen reveals the weird lessons of Washington's weed battle... a fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress."
- Salon

"A fascinating, extraordinarily well-researched and executed doc... How the law was constructed, why it succeeded in passing, what loopholes still exist that could potentially continue discriminatory law enforcement practices - it's all laid out digestibly and compellingly by Morton and his team."
- Filmmaker Magazine

"A prologue to the next chapters of marijuana legislation... setting the stage for the discussion of federal legalization... captures a crucial moment in the future of marijuana activism..."
- Indiewire

"Evergreen offers an important boots-on-the-ground perspective... The personalities and rhetoric are colorful and the film's presentation is lively..."
- The Hollywood Reporter

Distributed by FIRST RUN FEATURES

Produced and Directed by RILEY MORTON
Produced and Written by NILS COWAN
Produced and Edited by JASON REID
Editor DARREN LUND
Co-Producer ADAM BROWN
Executive Producer ANDY McDONOUGH
Co-Executive Producer COLIN BAXTER
Director of Photography RILEY MORTON
Original Score JOHN E. LOW
Featuring RICK STEVES, JOHN McKAY, ALISON HOLCOMB, PETE HOLMES, DOUG HIATT

Learn more at http://evergreendocumentary.com

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