[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]R[/dropcap]ecently Netflix debuted the first official trailer for its upcoming cannabis documentary, Grass is Greener, which is set for release on April 20 and features Snoop Dogg, B-Real and Damian Marley. The film is directed by Fab 5 Freddy, who is best known as the former host of Yo! MTV Raps.
“We’re not the war on drugs, we’re fighting the war on drugs,” Snoop said in the documentary trailer, alluding to the film’s focus on the devastating impact of prohibition upon black and Latino communities. From Snoop’s days selling cannabis illegally at Long Beach Polytechnic High School to his upscale cannabis brand Leafs by Snoop, the artist has seen the effects of legalization and the lack of retribution for disadvantaged communities.
Snoop is joined by several other artists who have also graced the cover of CULTURE, plus he is joined by Killer Mike, Chuck D and DMC. “Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Damian Marley join a range of celebrities and experts who discuss the plant’s influence on music and popular culture, and the devastating impact its criminalization has had on black and Latino communities,” Netflix stated on its website. “As more and more states join the push to legalize marijuana, Grass is Greener dives deep into the glaring racial disparities in the growing cannabis market.”
The industry has come a long way since artists like B-Real began calling for the plant’s legalization. “For so long, all the information in regards to all of its uses—aside from just smoking it—has been suppressed,” B-Real told CULTURE a decade ago. Flash forward ten years, and now cannabis is legal in 10 states, medical cannabis is legal in 33 states, and the plant is one of Netflix’s hottest topics.
Cannabis has become a racial issue, as more people notice the glaring disparity between the number of minorities and white people in prison for cannabis despite the same consumption rates. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, an African American person is on average 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis.