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Marijuana Legalization Chronicled in Compelling New Grassroots Documentary

As the United States’ outdated marijuana laws continue to empower crime, one Florida-based comedian and filmmaker has pooled his own money and resources to produce a documentary that chronicles the substance’s legalization in Colorado. Providing a no-holds-barred look at the people, organizations, and passion that continues to fight for the substance’s legalization, ‘Grassroots – The Comeback of Cannabis’ presents a compelling case.


Denver, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/24/2013 -- While Jacksonville Florida’s Adam Hartle bears all the hallmarks of a stand-up comedian, his biggest passion lays with taking on projects for the greater good of humanity. Having the foresight to travel to Colorado and document the State’s legalization of marijuana via the introduction of Amendment 64, the resulting film trailer is resonating with people on both sides of the debate.

‘Grassroots – The Comeback of Cannabis’ documents history unfolding, told through the mouths of the activists, lawyers, and organizations that fought within the State to legalize a substance that causes the wrongful arrest of almost one million Americans each year. Since releasing the movie’s trailer, Hartle has been witness to an overwhelming response.

“We’re really excited about this movie. I’d like to thank the activists and all the people in the great state of Colorado for changing the course of history. This was my first time in Colorado. We met so many amazing people, and it was so beautiful, I’m really excited about the next time I’m able to get back out there,” says Hartle.

The documentary includes candid interviews with those directly involved in the State’s decision making, as well as with grassroots supporters who put their lives on hold to fight against prohibition. Hartle’s humor and quick wit make the film both entertaining and inspiring as he documents this major moment in modern American history, set among the picturesque backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

With a compelling ten-minute extended trailer complete, Hartle and his crew now require funding to complete the film’s post production and take it to market. To assist with their costs, the team have just launched an IndieGoGo.com crowd-funding campaign to raise $40,000.

Backers will be rewarded with everything from a DVD of the film to a mention in the credits and even an interview by the crew in their hometown. A portion of the funds raised will be allocated to the continued fight to legalize marijuana across the country.

“We want to go big with this film to help push the movement forward” says director Anthony Hashem. “Cannabis-related arrests cost U.S. taxpayers millions, simply for recreating with a harmless plant that’s never killed anyone. Over 15,000 people die from cartel violence in Mexico each year. In the case of Amendment 64, revenue from marijuana sales now goes to the construction of new schools in Colorado instead of to drug dealers. This needs to be a national initiative,” Hashem adds.

The film’s unrestricted access to the people and organizations that helped Amendment 64 pass makes it a true worlds-first in terms of allowing the public to gain an insight into both the process and reasons behind legalizing marijuana.

Capturing the attention and often the hearts of those viewing it, Hartle strongly recommends that everyone takes ten minutes from their day to watch the film’s trailer.

“We hope those who like it will consider jumping on board this project with us. We can then finish strong, as we fight to push similar amendments through the forty eight remaining States. There’s no greater tool for liberty and justice than a Grassroots movement of the people. The place is America and the time is now. Together, it’s all within our power…plus weed is freakin’ awesome,” Hartle concludes.

To watch the trailer, visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/weedmovie

The movie was conceived by Adam Hartle.