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Set up in 2004, The Documentary New Zealand Trust is a non-profit organisation promoting documentary filmmaking and advocating opportunities for New Zealand documentary filmmakers. Its signature events are an international film festival and a industry event. The Documentary New Zealand Trust brings new business and filmic opportunities and great exposure to New Zealand and is committed to making the Festival and the Forum the biggest such event in the Southern Hemisphere.

DRUGLAWED is the first in-depth feature documentary to fully examine how New Zealand Green got rolled up in the disastrous U.S. War On Drugs.

www.Druglawed.com

 

Over the last 100 years the United States has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates: New Zealand.

 

Through cannabis users and growers, police officers, economists, scientists, doctors, politicians  and pop culture icons, we examine the cause and effect nature of the cannabis business - an industry whose fierce profits are driven up by its illegal status.

But is cannabis the deadly drug menace that the government claims it is? Are billion dollar budgets to prohibit it justified? Globally, 6 million people die each year from tobacco-related diseases, 5 million from alcohol, half a million from pharmaceutical drugs, all legal drugs… and zero die from cannabis.

Has the prohibition stopped people from using cannabis? NZ has the world’s highest rates of cannabis use, followed closely by the US – cannabizness is booming! What’s the number one cash crop in Northland province? Marijuana. What’s the number one cash crop in the United States? Illegal pot harvests are worth more than corn and wheat… combined!

Meanwhile the uses of cannabis as fuel, fibre, building material, paper, food and medicine, plus its fifty thousand industrial applications also remain forbidden by law, driving up the ecocide-wreaking profits of oil, chemical, cotton and forestry corporations.

Who else is profiting from the illegality of cannabis? Big Pharma, Alcohol & Tobacco - the legal drug industries. Isn’t it curious that alcohol & tobacco kill 100 times as many people as all illicit drugs... combined?

 

DRUGLAWED investigates how New Zealand has been ensnared in an international war-without-end against the most useful plant on the planet.

 

 

DRUGLAWED has been in production since August 2009 and will be released in APRIL 2014. Featuring Bomber Bradbury of The Daily Blog and an international cast of commentators filmed across New Zealand and in Australia, the US, Japan and the Netherlands, all principal photography has already been completed. $150,000 funding was received in 2010 from NZ On Air for the TV3 version of the documentary INSIDE NEW ZEALAND: HIGH TIME? which examined the issues from a purely local perspective. In order to complete our original objective of making a 90 minute feature film which places New Zealand's drug policies in an international context, we have built upon what we shot for television by subsequently investing a further $21,000 into the production. Our target of $5,500 will pay for animated sequences and motion graphics.

The filmmakers would like to thank the cast for the generosity they showed us with their time and our legions of supporters who have enabled this epic shoot to be accomplished!

 

WHY "DRUGLAWED" SHOULD BE MADE:


The NZ Government has pursued failed drug policies with zombie-like persistence since the passing of the 1975 Misuse of Drugs Act.

Our "Reefer Madness" regime has broken budgets and countless lives. Victims of the law lose their jobs, scholarships, child custody, freedom to travel, the trust of their families and neighbours, respect for legal authority, and their liberty (9% of NZ’s prisoners are incarcerated for cannabis).

The mind-bending costs of the failed Drug War are completely overlooked by a sensationalism-driven media machine that histrionically embellishes the dangers of cannabis, which has – according to the leading medical scientists we interviewed – never caused a single confirmed death through either disease or overdose.

The film charts new territory by exploring the role of the United Nations in national drug control policy-making. The UN presents the main obstacle to the removal of cannabis prohibition, by exerting pressure on sovereign nations through the International Conventions on Narcotics. This film will present the political solution for signatory countries that want to shift their policies.

DRUGLAWED blows the lid off New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar underground industry. Never before have the issues surrounding the international ban on cannabis been presented from a New Zealand perspective. This is the exposé that finally clears the smoke!

ENDORSEMENTS:


Professor David Nutt (UK)

President of the European Council of Psychoneuropharmacologists

Chair of the Independent Advisory Council on Drugs

Former Chief UK Drugs Advisor

“The public needs to know about this, so they can be better informed and therefore better influence their political leaders. Making a documentary like this one is how that will happen.”


Dr Geoff Noller (NZ)

Substance Use and Policy Analysis Researcher, Otago University

“The critical examination of drug policy is an important and neglected area of social inquiry. With our high rates of per capita use of cannabis and arrest (the highest in the world for personal use and possession), this is a phenomenon well overdue for a fresh perspective. These young filmmakers deserve the opportunity to explore the issues with fresh eyes, especially in a country where drug issues are dominated by discourses of pathology, deviance and moral panic. The perspective adopted here will provide a counter-balance to a skewed discussion, which has potentially alienated many people likely to benefit from a clearer understanding of the issues.”

 

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Updates 72

We've just released our Cannabis Referendum TV ad!

02/09/2020 at 11:44 AM

The #DrugLawEd team has just released this TV ad for the 2020 Referendum! Thanks to Big Tree Studios for the support of this production. Make sure your friends are enrolled to #voteYES !

Spanish version of "Statesman" released free online today!

02/02/2019 at 11:53 AM

The English version will also be released soon... Join us on Patreon to keep up-to-date on future productions - www.patreon.com/druglawed

The final episode of Series Two is now complete!

26/01/2019 at 10:40 AM

Spanish language poster of our Episode 4 Series 2

We are now poised to release Series Two in its entirety! We will release the Spanish language version free-to-view. Your support has been essential to our work, thank you! 

At Radiate Sound to finish audio this week!

15/01/2019 at 8:36 AM

In the sound studio this week

We are almost finished the second series of Druglawed! Our final episode is being mixed down this week (in English AND Spanish).

Higher Education in a Drunken State

11/12/2018 at 8:20 AM

A decade later, we look back on the Dunedin Riots. Featuring a special introduction by Druglawed 1 star Abe Gray, curator of the Dunedin Cannabis Museum.

Druglawed 1 screening every day at Whakamana Museum

01/12/2018 at 11:25 AM

As Druglawed 2 finally starts to wrap up in Auckland, our co-producers in Dunedin have installed a TV to screen Druglawed 1 at Whakamana Museum every day! We are proud to be featured in NZ's first Cannabis Museum!Druglawed 1 screening every day at Whakamana Museum

Update on Chloe Swarbrick's Medicinal Cannabis Bill

29/01/2018 at 6:29 PM

NZ MPs will vote on the Green Party's Medicinal Cannabis Bill on Wednesday 31st Jan 2018. We made this short video to explain what you can do to help it pass...https://youtu.be/ZV-40j0Uknw

Norml's four point plan for medicinal cannabis law reform in New Zealand

16/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

Norml President Chris Fowlie brings you the latest developments around the Labour Govt's overly-tentative moves to legalise medicinal cannabis and he presents Norml's four point plan for moving forward. We now have a patreon page where you can support the completion of Druglawed series 2 - www.patreon.com/druglawed - thank you!

Marion Wait has won our recent facebook competition

22/11/2017 at 2:44 PM

Like us on Facebook!

 

Simply by liking our facebook page, Marion Wait has won our social media competition. We are working hard to complete the final episode of DL2 and then we will release the entire second series as a compilation. Help us grow our audience by liking and sharing our facebook page www.facebook.com/druglawed or subscribe to our patreon www.patreon.com/druglawed - kia kaha! 

New Druglawed film released - pledge $1 a month to support the new production

13/08/2017 at 4:44 PM

Thanks again to our PledgeMe supporters! We just released a great new episode shot in Australia, check out the clip posted above. Let us know if you want to see the whole episode, we'll send you a free link to watch it. If you want to support the new series, subscribe for $1 a month at www.patreon.com/druglawed - you'll receive all our past and future films and help expand the series into a landmark international production.

Support Series 2 by pledging $1 a month

Our PATREON page is live and our NEW FILM will be out next week

01/08/2017 at 12:00 PM

Kia ora, whanau! A small increase in out monthly income will enable us to continue production far into the future. Therefore we have set up a Patreon page at this link: www.patreon.com/druglawed

You've already seen what we can accomplish on a shoestring budget. If we can get a recurring shoestring budget every month, then the sky is the limit. For just $1 a month you will receive all our new content - episodes, feature compilations, webisodes, extras and articles, produced in conjunction with our international partners! Please spread this link on your social media pages, thank you: www.patreon.com/druglawed

"Druglawed: Spokewoman" be released in a few days...

Support us at www.Patreon.com/druglawed

Three new films available at druglawed.vhx.tv

26/07/2017 at 1:00 PM

Poster for DL2 E3: Spokeswoman

Kia ora! We will release the latest episode of Druglawed, shot in Australia in one week. It is available for pre-order at this link:

https://druglawed.vhx.tv/buy/druglawed-2-episode-3-spokeswoman

Please tell your friends that all 4 episodes of the new film (and the compilation release) are available now or can be pre-ordered at www.druglawed.vhx.tv ...There is still no mainstream support for the largest scale documentary in NZ history - we are relying on grassroots support in social media, so please likeNshare www.facebook.com/druglawed & www.instagram.com/druglawed & let people know about the films by word of mouth, thank you!

New Druglawed film released today worldwide (Free-to-View)

01/07/2017 at 9:23 PM

We released the new Druglawed film free-to-view today in honour of Alex Renton, who died two years ago on this day (1st July). Alex was the first recipient of a Ministerial Exemption to the Misuse of Drugs Act in the history of New Zealand. The film is made freely available for download to ALL our crowdfunding supporters. If you want to download your own copy: 1) go to www.keepvid.com ; 2) paste this link https://youtu.be/a3LEM6L7Vv8 ; 3) click "download" in the resolution you prefer... Thank you for your support! Subscribe to our youtube channel to keep up-to-date with our new extras, outtakes and releases...

Mixing down the sound on "DL2: Specialist" (release date: July 1st)

22/06/2017 at 5:40 PM

Audio wiz Darryl mixes the sound of DL2 Episode 2

 

ALL our crowdfundng supporters will be able to view/download "DL2: Specialist", regardless of which campaign you pledged to or how much you pledged. We will send out an update on July 1st explaining how to download the new film... Please LIKE & SHARE www.facebook.com.druglawed

The DL2 E2 poster revealed

06/06/2017 at 5:45 PM

DL2 E2 poster

Here it is! The poster for the new episode of Druglawed 2! Sue Grey, Rebecca Reider, Victoria Davis and Rose Renton headline our amazing New Zealand cast... The film will be available soon from www.druglawed.vhx.tv - we will send all our crowdfunding supporters a link to stream it... After we have released all five episodes we'll send out the links to download the entire second series of Druglawed...

World Premiere of "DL2: Scientist" at MardiGrass

01/05/2017 at 6:21 PM

Nimbin will host the World Premiere of "Druglawed 2: Scientist" this Saturday, May 6th 12.30pm at the town hall.WORLD PREMIERE OF DL2: SCIENTIST

World Premiere of "DL2: Scientist" at Nimbin MardiGrass 2017!

30/03/2017 at 6:10 PM

DRUGLAWED gets double-booked for MardiGrass! We'll be re-screening DL1 & hosting the World Premiere of DL2: Scientist in Nimbin, Australia May 2017! http://nimbinmardigrass.com/cinema/Nimbin MardiGrass to host DL2 World Premiere!

Thanks to our DL1 supporters who have downloaded DL2 E1!

01/03/2017 at 11:18 AM

Thanks to the many DL1 supporters who have downloaded DL2 E1, which was filmed on location in Israel. All proceeds from our sales go towards funding the remaining episodes, which we shot in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Uruguay...

DL2 E1 can be downloaded at this link:

https://druglawed.vhx.tv/buy/druglawed-2-scientist

DL2 poster

DL2 Ep1 will be released tomorrow (24 Feb)

23/02/2017 at 2:03 PM

On 24 February Druglawed 2 Ep1 will be released online (...four more episodes are coming in 2017 and 2018...) Please let your friends know that DL2 E1 is available at www.druglawed.vhx.tv...

DL2 E1 is available at www.druglawed.vhx.tv

DL2: Premiere of Chapter 1 at LUMINATE FESTIVAL

25/01/2017 at 12:59 PM

DL2: Premiere of Chapter 1 at LUMINATE FESTIVAL

We have been invited to Luminate Festival in Golden Bay to premiere the first chapter of DL2! Rebecca Reider is our special guest speaker. We'll be sending all our DL2 crowdfunding sponsors links to download the completed segment of the new film soon... Over the next year we will be sending out a total of five 20 minute segments, each shot in a different country. Our first completed segment was filmed in Israel and features pioneering chemist Professor Raphael Mechoulam!

Preview Screening at The Hempstore

26/11/2016 at 2:47 PM

Preview Screening at The Hempstore

 

Aucklanders can get a sneak peak at the film on 1st December at the K Rd First Thursday Fest. The Hempstore is located at 253 K Rd. Our Sponsor Chris Fowlie, President of NORML NZ, will be there for a Q&A. The first chapter is 18 minutes, we'll be replaying it several times.

Druglawed officially selected for this year's Maine Cannabis Film Festival

12/09/2016 at 4:28 PM

Druglawed's Maine premiere at the Maine Cannabis Film Festival

Druglawed has been selected for another US film festival! This is our 8th festival selection so far! The Maine premiere will be October 22 – 23, 2016...

NZ Herald story on Druglawed ...& Rebecca Reider's historic victory!

21/08/2016 at 6:56 PM

Mainstream media in NZ is finally taking notice of the Druglawed Documentaries! We recently broke the story of Rebecca Reider's historic victory over cannabis prohibition, she is the first person since the 1960s to legally possess cannabis in NZ! Well, the NZ Herald has run with it and it is blowing up...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11698264

Watch TV3 on Monday 22 August at 7pm for more...Rebecca Reider at Auckland Airport with an ounce of legal bud

Check out the cast of DL2!

21/07/2016 at 9:16 PM

The South American phase of production of Druglawed 2 is finally complete - over 6 months we shot great interviews with doctors, nurses, chemists, patients and their families, members of Uruguay's newly-legalised industry and the man who made it all possible, former President Jose Mujica! DL2 cast

DRUGLAWED wins BEST FEATURE at the CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL!

18/06/2016 at 9:43 AM

DRUGLAWED wins BEST FEATURE at the CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL!

Thanks to our friends in New York for hosting the East Coast premiere where DRUGLAWED won the award for BEST FEATURE of 2016!

Druglawed officially selected for New York's CannaBus Culture Film Festival

07/06/2016 at 3:35 AM

NEW YORK Premiere of Druglawed

CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL (NEW YORK) PRESENTS THE EAST COAST PREMIERE OF DRUGLAWED! In the Big Apple on 15/16 June.

La Marcha De Marijuana Buenos Aires 2016

08/05/2016 at 3:43 PM

70,000 people marched from Plaza de Mayo to the Congress of Argentina todayLa Marcha De Marijuana Buenos Aires 2016

Jday 2016 is brought to you by NORML NZ and THE HEMPSTORE

27/04/2016 at 5:18 AM

Jday 2016Our sponsors NORML NZ and THE HEMPSTORE will be organising another wonderful Jday at Albert Park (Auckland) and multiple other venues throughout NZ. https://www.facebook.com/events/539600922908612/

Interview with former President of Uruguay José Mujica

25/04/2016 at 3:00 PM

José Mujica on his farm in Pajas BlancasAfter many unsuccessful attempts to reach the legendary former President of Uruguay we finally intercepted him in a tractor outside his farm on the outskirts of Montevideo. On the spot he agreed to a half hour interview for DRUGLAWED 2. José Mujica is the first national leader to fully legalise cannabis. Please let your friends know they can support the production by downloading DL1 from druglawed.com - thank you!

10 days to Druglawed's US premiere at CFFest

15/04/2016 at 10:32 AM

MANY THANKS to our US sponsors! If you happen to be in California, Garberville will be hosting the US premiere of Druglawed in ten days at the CFF! 

http://cannabisfilmfestival.com/10 days to Druglawed's US premiere at CFFest

"Whakawhetai ki a koutou nui atu" to Norml NZ​ and The Hempstore Aotearoa

30/03/2016 at 1:15 PM

The Hempstore Aotearoa"Whakawhetai ki a koutou nui atu" to Norml NZ and The Hempstore Aotearoa for sponsoring Druglawed. The production has gone all the way from Auckland to every part of NZ, and to Australia, Israel and Uruguay. We may even feature a segment in Argentina.  Back in Auckland The Hempstore has moved to 253 K'Rd. Druglawed 2 is currently in production in Uruguay - the first country in the world to legalise cannabis.

Druglawed's Nimbin premiere - MardiGrass 2016

23/02/2016 at 2:59 AM

Druglawed Nimbin Premiere

Nimbin MardiGrass has selected Druglawed to be one of three films screening at this year's festival. Tell your friends they can download the film for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com to support production of the sequel which features segments in Australia, Israel, NZ, US and Uruguay. 

https://www.facebook.com/nimbinmardigrass

DRUGLAWED Officially Selected for Cannabis Film Festival - U.S. Premiere

20/02/2016 at 7:08 AM

DRUGLAWED has been officially selected for the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California - the film's USA premiere will be on 23/24 April 2016!DRUGLAWED's upcoming US Premiere at CFF

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DRUGLAWED 2 features Uruguay's most famous writers

15/01/2016 at 5:30 AM

Professor Daniel Vidart

The Druglawed production was honoured by interviews with two of South America's most important writers: Prof. Daniel Vidart and Alicia Castilla. La producción Druglawed fue honrado con las entrevistas de dos de los escritores más importantes de América del Sur: Prof. Daniel Vidart y Alicia Castilla.Daniel Vidart and Alicia Castilla

Just $462 away from funding Druglawed 2 with 2.5 days to go...

17/12/2015 at 10:33 AM

The Druglawed 2 Kickstarter campaign is nearly over. We have received fantastic support for the project and now we require only $462 more to secure the pledges we have already received. Please let your friends know they can help us across the finish by pledging at this link: kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2DL2 Kickstarter campaign

EGA presents the AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES OF DRUGLAWED

26/11/2015 at 3:01 PM

DRUGLAWED premieres in Sydney on Dec 4th and Melbourne on Dec 5th, brought to Australia by ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS 2015 who are sponsoring the production of the Australian segment of Druglawed 2. Please support the production of Druglawed 2 by pledging towards our crowdfunding campaign and sharing this link on your social media networks, THANK YOU! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2

A huge THANK YOU to our Principal Sponsor THE HEMPSTORE

09/11/2015 at 2:38 PM

Whakawhetai ki a koutou a THE HEMPSTORE AOTEAROA! The Hempstore sponsored Druglawed1 and now they have generously backed DL2 also! For those of you that don't know, NZ's high-grade hemp specialists have moved location - The Hempstore is now at 253 K Rd, Auckland - www.hempstore.co.nz ...Please support our KICKSTARTER with a pledge of your own, we have just 40 days left to raise another $4000 to make DL2! This is the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2The Hempstore Aotearoa

Druglawed enters Canada

26/10/2015 at 9:50 PM

Druglawed has been selected for the 2016 ReFrame Film Festival in Canada! www.druglawed.comReFrame Film Festival

DRUGLAWED subtitled in Spanish & English

30/07/2015 at 10:16 AM

www.druglawed.com

Subtitled versions of Druglawed are now available on VHX.TV! Please tell your friends and get them to spread the word on social media, the film is available for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com.

Druglawed set free on the internet

22/06/2015 at 2:46 AM

Here is the first part of the film on Youtube (Prologue & Chapter1), the rest to follow in serial form over the next 12 to 18 months. Please ask friends to support the film by downloading it for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com - thank you!Druglawed nominated for Best Feature Documentary

Druglawed set free on the internet

22/06/2015 at 2:24 AM

Here is the first part of the film on Youtube (Prologue & Chapter1), the rest to follow in serial form over the next 12 to 18 months. Please ask friends to support the film by downloading it for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com - thank you!Druglawed nominated for Best Feature Documentary

Druglawed on RadioLive

13/05/2015 at 8:55 AM

Radio icon Graeme Hill will be doing an in-studio Druglawed interview on national radio in the run-up to Druglawed's award nominations for the Documentary Edge Festival, tune in to RadioLive on Sunday 17th May at 9.15pmDruglawed on RadioLive

Druglawed a first choice for new Wiki doco categories

06/04/2015 at 9:55 PM

Even though DRUGLAWED was released on the internet just 5 days ago, Wikipedia editors pegged DRUGLAWED as one of the first to be listed in the new category of Doc Films Abt Cnbs, alongside classics Grass, The Union, and Hemp For Victory (the first pot doc ever, which was made by none other than the US Govt). DRUGLAWED is also one of the first docs in the newly created NZ Docs page. DRUGLAWED can now be downloaded at www.druglawed.vhx.tv !Druglawed on Wiki

Druglawed officially selected for DocEdge Festival 2015

16/03/2015 at 3:26 PM

Druglawed selected for DocEdge 2015

Druglawed gets Festival laurels - official selection DocEdge 2015

All our rewards packages have been posted, please let us know if you didn't receive one and we'll send yours out! As an extra reward for all our PledgeMe & Kickstarter Pledgers all your names are listed in the closing credits, look for yours when you watch the film...

If you want to be among the very first people on planet earth to download the movie go to www.druglawed.vhx.tv - the first person to pre-order the download on VHX will receive a  Druglawed DVD (signed by the whole DL crew) as a bonus!

Please spread awareness of the film by liking and linking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/druglawed - thanks for your support!

Please rate Druglawed with 10 stars on IMDb

22/02/2015 at 9:40 AM

IMDb Druglawed link

Internet Movie Database now has a listing for Druglawed! Please go to this link and rate us with 10 stars: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4450674/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  It only takes a second to register with IMDb.  We have sent out all the Kickstarter/PledgeMe rewards except for those that pledged for T-shirts which we will print next week. If you haven't received your rewards yet, please let us know... Thanks!

Sending out remaining DVD pledge rewards this week

09/02/2015 at 9:03 AM

We will be mailing our Kickstarter and PledgeMe supporters your DVD rewards this week,  please allow an extra week for delivery.  We still have to get all the orders for T-shirt sizes in, so if you pledged for a T-shirt too, please be patient, we are working on it, and we'll send it with your DVD! The film will be available for download in about 2 months. If you haven't yet let us know your mailing address for the DVD/T-shirt please send us a message, thanks!Druglawed DVD case

Sending out Rewards in 1-2 weeks

28/01/2015 at 1:21 PM

Now that the Premiere is behind us we can focus on sending out DVDs and T-shirts to all our PledgeMe and Kickstarter supporters. Please allow an extra week for delivery. If you pledged for a T-shirt let us know your preferred size and colour by emailing us at [email protected], thanks! Let your friends know the DVD is available at www.druglawed.com - selling the DVDs will fund subtitling the film into Spanish and Japanese and also authoring the downloadable version...Druglawed Premiere

Authoring the DVD just in time for Druglawed's Release on Jan 24

17/01/2015 at 3:24 PM

RPM Studios have done an amazing job adding subtitles and last minute colour correction to DRUGLAWED ahead of our World Premiere on January 24 and 25. Meet the cast and crew and be the very first members of the public to ever see the film! Check our Facebook event for details... Please let us know when you arrive so we can give you your pledge rewards... & look for your name in the credits! Druglawed World Premiere FB Event

Druglawed World Premiere in Auckland 24 Jan (& 25 Jan)!

29/12/2014 at 7:46 PM

Druglawed Underworld Premiere 24+25 JanThe most in-depth New Zealand documentary on the Drug War is now just weeks from completion! Please join the crew for our first public screenings on January 24 (or Jan 25) at 4.20pm and 7.10pm.

To preserve our chances of acceptance into those film festivals which prefer entries that have not yet had a theatrical release, we are calling this the "Underworld Premiere" and we are hosting it in our own specially-constructed Druglawed cinema - creating a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience you will never forget!

There will be a party between and after screenings. Entry is by koha... unless you pledged on Pledge Me or Kickstarter for tickets, in which case please bring a guest, you've already koha'd for two! Let us know when you arrive if you pledged for a DVD or T-shirt. Every one of our Pledgers are acknowledged by name in the end credits, so look for your name - and thank you!

See the facebook event for details...

Druglawed Wrap Party

24/11/2014 at 1:55 PM

After five and half years in production the Druglawed documentary is nearly wrapped. Join the crew to celebrate! Enjoy a preview of select parts of the film, live music by our soundtrack artist Simon Abela and his band, & delicious vegan food.

 

Please let us know when you arrive if you pledged on Kickstarter or PledgeMe as we may have some of your crowdfunding rewards ready. The DVD will be ready at the end of January 2015, but T-shirts have already been printed.

This is a free event, so bring your friends...

https://www.facebook.com/events/298908260320233/

Druglawed's design by Crafty Creative

15/11/2014 at 2:44 PM

Pitch-perfect voice over recorded by Estevez

04/11/2014 at 2:47 PM

We have a bumper crop of homegrown Kiwi talent working in the sound department of Druglawed, including our voice over artist Estevez Gillespie, who laid down the narration at Auckland studio Radiate Sound. See more pictures in our Facebook page... Estevez lays down the DL VO

Top editor Juan has fine cut Druglawed

23/09/2014 at 4:59 PM

Many thanks to master editor Juan for helping to fine cut the doco. All that remains to be done now is record the voice over, sound mix, colour correct and export the DVD. We know many people are wondering if we are ever going to wrap it up, rest assured we will! Thanks for your patience and support!Juan fine cuts doco

Druglawed movie poster

30/07/2014 at 2:35 PM

Our documentary poster has been completed - many thanks to ace graphic designer, Phil, for helping us with the final retouching and finished art!

Our T-shirts are ready!

16/05/2014 at 11:53 AM

The DRUGLAWED T-shirts have been delivered, available in all sizes, womens & mens, black & green! If you'd like to buy a T-shirt (proceeds go to our final post production budget) please message us! They're $35 (includes delivery to anywhere in NZ). If you've already pledged for a T-shirt on Kickstarter or PledgeMe (and you live in NZ) we can send your shirt out to you - so if you'd like it now, just message us to let us know! Alternatively you can wait till the DVD is ready and we'll send both together... See more photos in our Facebook page...The Official T-shirt!

Preview screening on April 20 a huge success!

21/04/2014 at 7:42 PM

Preview screening of Druglawed DocoThe preview screening of the first finished segment of DRUGLAWED was a huge success! We had to show the film six times (instead of the three screenings we had planned) with about a hundred people over the course of the evening turning up to see the film, despite torrential rain! Great to meet some of the online supporters! Looking forward to seeing you back at the Premiere as soon as we've completed recording the soundtrack, watch this space...

See the photos of the event in our Facebook page by clicking this link...

Vegan hemp food for April 20 screening of Medical Segment of Druglawed

19/04/2014 at 11:01 PM

Kia Ora! Hemp flour, hemp seeds & hemp oil - nature's superfood went into everything we've prepared for the vegan-friendly menu at the Auckland preview screening of the Medical Segment of the Druglawed Documentary - April 20, screenings at 4.20, 5.20 & 6.20... Stay after for hemp tea with hemp milk...

Details here. Free for all our PledgeMe & Kickstarter Pledgers and any friends you care to bring along... Have a good 4.20...

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Hempalicious!

Colour correcting just in time for Sunday's preview screening...

18/04/2014 at 11:24 AM

Jordan's colour correcting wizardryColour correction of the first finished segment (10 minutes) is complete... just in time for the Auckland preview screenings on 4.20.2014 at 4.20pm, 5.20pm and 6.20pm. Entry for all our Kickstarter & PledgeMe Pledgers is free... If you have pledged for a T-shirt, we'll have yours for you at the screening on Sunday... The final release date of the 90 minute cut will be mid 2014, as soon as we have our soundtrack recorded... Please click this link for event details.

Colour correcting just in time for Sunday's preview screening...

18/04/2014 at 11:24 AM

Colour correction of the first finished segment (10 minutes) is complete... just in time for the Auckland preview screenings on 4.20.2014 at 4.20pm, 5.20pm and 6.20pm. Entry for all our Kickstarter & PledgeMe Pledgers is free... If you have pledged for a T-shirt, we'll have yours for you at the screening on Sunday... The final release date of the 90 minute cut will be mid 2014, as soon as we have our soundtrack recorded... Please click this link for event details.

Druglawed Preview Screening April 20th 2014 (Auckland)

09/04/2014 at 3:26 PM

Kia Ora! We couldn't get all the music done in time to release the entire film, so we are going to release a preview on April 20th, in order to show our many generous supporters that you've invested in a radical film! Please join the DL crew at the High Tea Cafe (29 Portage Rd, New Lynn) on April 20th from 3.30pm. Entry for all our Pledge Me pledgers is free!

Please see this link for details and updates on our facebook events page

We apologize for the delay, but we underestimated how long it would take to record the soundtrack. Our final release date will be in two months, when we will host the official premiere and send out your DVDs/T-shirts/other rewards. Thank you and stay tuned...

Join us for the launch of our SOUNDTRACK - 22 Feb @ 4pm

21/02/2014 at 7:46 AM

Kia Ora Pledgers, we're hosting a launch for the soundtrack of Druglawed on Saturday 22nd (tomorrow) - there will be a range of delicious hemp food and a live band. Here is the FB link with all the details, hope you can make it: https://www.facebook.com/Druglawed/posts/267292093433690   

Thank you for supporting us, please email your friends this link to our Kickstarter page so that they can support us too!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-documentary-soundtrack?ref=live

The Druglawed Soundtrack

08/10/2013 at 3:18 AM

Thanks to all our original Pledgers we have made great progress, all we're missing now is our soundtrack. We have arranged post production facilities to handle the final stages of colour correction and sound mixing, which we're going to undertake early next year. We're looking forward to the Premiere on 20 April next year, hope to see you all there!

FUNDED!

30/07/2013 at 4:27 AM

We've raised $5500 for the post production budget of DRUGLAWED! We look forward to sending our Pledgers your rewards and to meeting some of you at the Premiere! Thank you all!

The DL Crew

$300 to go!! 12 hours left!

29/07/2013 at 11:24 AM

DRUGLAWED stocks have rallied at the 11th hour! Only $300 to go!! We're definitely going to make it to our target thanks to all of you!

Check out our FOUR FILM POSTERS on display at: http://druglawed.com/poster---promotional-art.html

Just $600 away with 24 hours to go!

29/07/2013 at 1:30 AM

Our new poster, sponsored by Grant Hall and The Star Trust can be viewed at: http://i.imgur.com/x6zpmVw.jpg

We're almost at our target... Please encourage your friends to pledge in the next 24 hours and we'll make it! Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and generosity, Pledgers!


$3000 with 7 days to go...

24/07/2013 at 4:00 AM

Our pledges just nudged over $3000! Please spread the word to friends and like-minded people, we have only seven days left to hit our target of $5,500... Special thanks to Hemp Technologies for your support, you can expect many hemp product placements in the film!

The DL Crew

Making progress with help from The Hemp Store and The Star Trust

19/07/2013 at 9:30 AM

What great support we've been getting, with The Hemp Store recently making a Principal Sponsor pledge and some of our first PledgeMe sponsors showing true grit by pledging a second time! We're almost at the $3000 threshold now. Our new poster is on the way too, sponsored by Grant Hall of The Star Trust and Kotare Creative. Each day we are a little bit closer to the dream...

The DL Crew

New poster from a kind sponsor

03/07/2013 at 2:17 AM

We'll be revealing our new film poster in a couple of weeks, many thanks to Kotare Creative for the much-appreciated input! We're looking forward to sending all our Pledgers your DVDs / T-shirts / Tickets... And to our Principal Sponsors, we'd like to remind you that you have the option to appear in the film...

The DL Crew

TV3's The Vote - The Druglawed Connection

07/06/2013 at 9:14 AM

TV3's "The Vote" on 22nd May debated the topic: "Should soft drugs like cannabis be decriminalized?" with 72% of those voting casting their vote in favour, an almost two-third majority! Druglawed associate producer Sid Menon, who appears in the film, was the individual who emailed The Vote's producers with the suggestion to debate the topic. Well done, Sid!

A Huge Thanks from the Druglawed crew

13/05/2013 at 10:51 AM

Dear Pledgers,

Section18Films and BT-Tokyo Media would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the Druglawed production with your generous pledges!

Having today crossed the $1000 threshold after just a few days since we launched the fundraiser, we are confident that we will meet our target and we look forward to sending you your orders of a DVD / T-shirt / Tickets on or before our Premiere on 4.20.2014.

With much appreciation,

The DL Crew

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    Anthony Froggatt
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    Collab Project with DocEdge

    Set up in 2004, The Documentary New Zealand Trust is a non-profit organisation promoting documentary filmmaking and advocating opportunities for New Zealand documentary filmmakers. Its signature events are an international film festival and a industry event. The Documentary New Zealand Trust brings new business and filmic opportunities and great exposure to New Zealand and is committed to making the Festival and the Forum the biggest such event in the Southern Hemisphere.

    DRUGLAWED is the first in-depth feature documentary to fully examine how New Zealand Green got rolled up in the disastrous U.S. War On Drugs.

    www.Druglawed.com

     

    Over the last 100 years the United States has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates: New Zealand.

     

    Through cannabis users and growers, police officers, economists, scientists, doctors, politicians  and pop culture icons, we examine the cause and effect nature of the cannabis business - an industry whose fierce profits are driven up by its illegal status.

    But is cannabis the deadly drug menace that the government claims it is? Are billion dollar budgets to prohibit it justified? Globally, 6 million people die each year from tobacco-related diseases, 5 million from alcohol, half a million from pharmaceutical drugs, all legal drugs… and zero die from cannabis.

    Has the prohibition stopped people from using cannabis? NZ has the world’s highest rates of cannabis use, followed closely by the US – cannabizness is booming! What’s the number one cash crop in Northland province? Marijuana. What’s the number one cash crop in the United States? Illegal pot harvests are worth more than corn and wheat… combined!

    Meanwhile the uses of cannabis as fuel, fibre, building material, paper, food and medicine, plus its fifty thousand industrial applications also remain forbidden by law, driving up the ecocide-wreaking profits of oil, chemical, cotton and forestry corporations.

    Who else is profiting from the illegality of cannabis? Big Pharma, Alcohol & Tobacco - the legal drug industries. Isn’t it curious that alcohol & tobacco kill 100 times as many people as all illicit drugs... combined?

     

    DRUGLAWED investigates how New Zealand has been ensnared in an international war-without-end against the most useful plant on the planet.

     

     

    DRUGLAWED has been in production since August 2009 and will be released in APRIL 2014. Featuring Bomber Bradbury of The Daily Blog and an international cast of commentators filmed across New Zealand and in Australia, the US, Japan and the Netherlands, all principal photography has already been completed. $150,000 funding was received in 2010 from NZ On Air for the TV3 version of the documentary INSIDE NEW ZEALAND: HIGH TIME? which examined the issues from a purely local perspective. In order to complete our original objective of making a 90 minute feature film which places New Zealand's drug policies in an international context, we have built upon what we shot for television by subsequently investing a further $21,000 into the production. Our target of $5,500 will pay for animated sequences and motion graphics.

    The filmmakers would like to thank the cast for the generosity they showed us with their time and our legions of supporters who have enabled this epic shoot to be accomplished!

     

    WHY "DRUGLAWED" SHOULD BE MADE:


    The NZ Government has pursued failed drug policies with zombie-like persistence since the passing of the 1975 Misuse of Drugs Act.

    Our "Reefer Madness" regime has broken budgets and countless lives. Victims of the law lose their jobs, scholarships, child custody, freedom to travel, the trust of their families and neighbours, respect for legal authority, and their liberty (9% of NZ’s prisoners are incarcerated for cannabis).

    The mind-bending costs of the failed Drug War are completely overlooked by a sensationalism-driven media machine that histrionically embellishes the dangers of cannabis, which has – according to the leading medical scientists we interviewed – never caused a single confirmed death through either disease or overdose.

    The film charts new territory by exploring the role of the United Nations in national drug control policy-making. The UN presents the main obstacle to the removal of cannabis prohibition, by exerting pressure on sovereign nations through the International Conventions on Narcotics. This film will present the political solution for signatory countries that want to shift their policies.

    DRUGLAWED blows the lid off New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar underground industry. Never before have the issues surrounding the international ban on cannabis been presented from a New Zealand perspective. This is the exposé that finally clears the smoke!

    ENDORSEMENTS:


    Professor David Nutt (UK)

    President of the European Council of Psychoneuropharmacologists

    Chair of the Independent Advisory Council on Drugs

    Former Chief UK Drugs Advisor

    “The public needs to know about this, so they can be better informed and therefore better influence their political leaders. Making a documentary like this one is how that will happen.”


    Dr Geoff Noller (NZ)

    Substance Use and Policy Analysis Researcher, Otago University

    “The critical examination of drug policy is an important and neglected area of social inquiry. With our high rates of per capita use of cannabis and arrest (the highest in the world for personal use and possession), this is a phenomenon well overdue for a fresh perspective. These young filmmakers deserve the opportunity to explore the issues with fresh eyes, especially in a country where drug issues are dominated by discourses of pathology, deviance and moral panic. The perspective adopted here will provide a counter-balance to a skewed discussion, which has potentially alienated many people likely to benefit from a clearer understanding of the issues.”

     

    Comments

    We've just released our Cannabis Referendum TV ad!

    02/09/2020 at 11:44 AM

    The #DrugLawEd team has just released this TV ad for the 2020 Referendum! Thanks to Big Tree Studios for the support of this production. Make sure your friends are enrolled to #voteYES !

    Spanish version of "Statesman" released free online today!

    02/02/2019 at 11:53 AM

    The English version will also be released soon... Join us on Patreon to keep up-to-date on future productions - www.patreon.com/druglawed

    The final episode of Series Two is now complete!

    26/01/2019 at 10:40 AM

    Spanish language poster of our Episode 4 Series 2

    We are now poised to release Series Two in its entirety! We will release the Spanish language version free-to-view. Your support has been essential to our work, thank you! 

    At Radiate Sound to finish audio this week!

    15/01/2019 at 8:36 AM

    In the sound studio this week

    We are almost finished the second series of Druglawed! Our final episode is being mixed down this week (in English AND Spanish).

    Higher Education in a Drunken State

    11/12/2018 at 8:20 AM

    A decade later, we look back on the Dunedin Riots. Featuring a special introduction by Druglawed 1 star Abe Gray, curator of the Dunedin Cannabis Museum.

    Druglawed 1 screening every day at Whakamana Museum

    01/12/2018 at 11:25 AM

    As Druglawed 2 finally starts to wrap up in Auckland, our co-producers in Dunedin have installed a TV to screen Druglawed 1 at Whakamana Museum every day! We are proud to be featured in NZ's first Cannabis Museum!Druglawed 1 screening every day at Whakamana Museum

    Update on Chloe Swarbrick's Medicinal Cannabis Bill

    29/01/2018 at 6:29 PM

    NZ MPs will vote on the Green Party's Medicinal Cannabis Bill on Wednesday 31st Jan 2018. We made this short video to explain what you can do to help it pass...https://youtu.be/ZV-40j0Uknw

    Norml's four point plan for medicinal cannabis law reform in New Zealand

    16/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

    Norml President Chris Fowlie brings you the latest developments around the Labour Govt's overly-tentative moves to legalise medicinal cannabis and he presents Norml's four point plan for moving forward. We now have a patreon page where you can support the completion of Druglawed series 2 - www.patreon.com/druglawed - thank you!

    Marion Wait has won our recent facebook competition

    22/11/2017 at 2:44 PM

    Like us on Facebook!

     

    Simply by liking our facebook page, Marion Wait has won our social media competition. We are working hard to complete the final episode of DL2 and then we will release the entire second series as a compilation. Help us grow our audience by liking and sharing our facebook page www.facebook.com/druglawed or subscribe to our patreon www.patreon.com/druglawed - kia kaha! 

    New Druglawed film released - pledge $1 a month to support the new production

    13/08/2017 at 4:44 PM

    Thanks again to our PledgeMe supporters! We just released a great new episode shot in Australia, check out the clip posted above. Let us know if you want to see the whole episode, we'll send you a free link to watch it. If you want to support the new series, subscribe for $1 a month at www.patreon.com/druglawed - you'll receive all our past and future films and help expand the series into a landmark international production.

    Support Series 2 by pledging $1 a month

    Our PATREON page is live and our NEW FILM will be out next week

    01/08/2017 at 12:00 PM

    Kia ora, whanau! A small increase in out monthly income will enable us to continue production far into the future. Therefore we have set up a Patreon page at this link: www.patreon.com/druglawed

    You've already seen what we can accomplish on a shoestring budget. If we can get a recurring shoestring budget every month, then the sky is the limit. For just $1 a month you will receive all our new content - episodes, feature compilations, webisodes, extras and articles, produced in conjunction with our international partners! Please spread this link on your social media pages, thank you: www.patreon.com/druglawed

    "Druglawed: Spokewoman" be released in a few days...

    Support us at www.Patreon.com/druglawed

    Three new films available at druglawed.vhx.tv

    26/07/2017 at 1:00 PM

    Poster for DL2 E3: Spokeswoman

    Kia ora! We will release the latest episode of Druglawed, shot in Australia in one week. It is available for pre-order at this link:

    https://druglawed.vhx.tv/buy/druglawed-2-episode-3-spokeswoman

    Please tell your friends that all 4 episodes of the new film (and the compilation release) are available now or can be pre-ordered at www.druglawed.vhx.tv ...There is still no mainstream support for the largest scale documentary in NZ history - we are relying on grassroots support in social media, so please likeNshare www.facebook.com/druglawed & www.instagram.com/druglawed & let people know about the films by word of mouth, thank you!

    New Druglawed film released today worldwide (Free-to-View)

    01/07/2017 at 9:23 PM

    We released the new Druglawed film free-to-view today in honour of Alex Renton, who died two years ago on this day (1st July). Alex was the first recipient of a Ministerial Exemption to the Misuse of Drugs Act in the history of New Zealand. The film is made freely available for download to ALL our crowdfunding supporters. If you want to download your own copy: 1) go to www.keepvid.com ; 2) paste this link https://youtu.be/a3LEM6L7Vv8 ; 3) click "download" in the resolution you prefer... Thank you for your support! Subscribe to our youtube channel to keep up-to-date with our new extras, outtakes and releases...

    Mixing down the sound on "DL2: Specialist" (release date: July 1st)

    22/06/2017 at 5:40 PM

    Audio wiz Darryl mixes the sound of DL2 Episode 2

     

    ALL our crowdfundng supporters will be able to view/download "DL2: Specialist", regardless of which campaign you pledged to or how much you pledged. We will send out an update on July 1st explaining how to download the new film... Please LIKE & SHARE www.facebook.com.druglawed

    The DL2 E2 poster revealed

    06/06/2017 at 5:45 PM

    DL2 E2 poster

    Here it is! The poster for the new episode of Druglawed 2! Sue Grey, Rebecca Reider, Victoria Davis and Rose Renton headline our amazing New Zealand cast... The film will be available soon from www.druglawed.vhx.tv - we will send all our crowdfunding supporters a link to stream it... After we have released all five episodes we'll send out the links to download the entire second series of Druglawed...

    World Premiere of "DL2: Scientist" at MardiGrass

    01/05/2017 at 6:21 PM

    Nimbin will host the World Premiere of "Druglawed 2: Scientist" this Saturday, May 6th 12.30pm at the town hall.WORLD PREMIERE OF DL2: SCIENTIST

    World Premiere of "DL2: Scientist" at Nimbin MardiGrass 2017!

    30/03/2017 at 6:10 PM

    DRUGLAWED gets double-booked for MardiGrass! We'll be re-screening DL1 & hosting the World Premiere of DL2: Scientist in Nimbin, Australia May 2017! http://nimbinmardigrass.com/cinema/Nimbin MardiGrass to host DL2 World Premiere!

    Thanks to our DL1 supporters who have downloaded DL2 E1!

    01/03/2017 at 11:18 AM

    Thanks to the many DL1 supporters who have downloaded DL2 E1, which was filmed on location in Israel. All proceeds from our sales go towards funding the remaining episodes, which we shot in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Uruguay...

    DL2 E1 can be downloaded at this link:

    https://druglawed.vhx.tv/buy/druglawed-2-scientist

    DL2 poster

    DL2 Ep1 will be released tomorrow (24 Feb)

    23/02/2017 at 2:03 PM

    On 24 February Druglawed 2 Ep1 will be released online (...four more episodes are coming in 2017 and 2018...) Please let your friends know that DL2 E1 is available at www.druglawed.vhx.tv...

    DL2 E1 is available at www.druglawed.vhx.tv

    DL2: Premiere of Chapter 1 at LUMINATE FESTIVAL

    25/01/2017 at 12:59 PM

    DL2: Premiere of Chapter 1 at LUMINATE FESTIVAL

    We have been invited to Luminate Festival in Golden Bay to premiere the first chapter of DL2! Rebecca Reider is our special guest speaker. We'll be sending all our DL2 crowdfunding sponsors links to download the completed segment of the new film soon... Over the next year we will be sending out a total of five 20 minute segments, each shot in a different country. Our first completed segment was filmed in Israel and features pioneering chemist Professor Raphael Mechoulam!

    Preview Screening at The Hempstore

    26/11/2016 at 2:47 PM

    Preview Screening at The Hempstore

     

    Aucklanders can get a sneak peak at the film on 1st December at the K Rd First Thursday Fest. The Hempstore is located at 253 K Rd. Our Sponsor Chris Fowlie, President of NORML NZ, will be there for a Q&A. The first chapter is 18 minutes, we'll be replaying it several times.

    Druglawed officially selected for this year's Maine Cannabis Film Festival

    12/09/2016 at 4:28 PM

    Druglawed's Maine premiere at the Maine Cannabis Film Festival

    Druglawed has been selected for another US film festival! This is our 8th festival selection so far! The Maine premiere will be October 22 – 23, 2016...

    NZ Herald story on Druglawed ...& Rebecca Reider's historic victory!

    21/08/2016 at 6:56 PM

    Mainstream media in NZ is finally taking notice of the Druglawed Documentaries! We recently broke the story of Rebecca Reider's historic victory over cannabis prohibition, she is the first person since the 1960s to legally possess cannabis in NZ! Well, the NZ Herald has run with it and it is blowing up...

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11698264

    Watch TV3 on Monday 22 August at 7pm for more...Rebecca Reider at Auckland Airport with an ounce of legal bud

    Check out the cast of DL2!

    21/07/2016 at 9:16 PM

    The South American phase of production of Druglawed 2 is finally complete - over 6 months we shot great interviews with doctors, nurses, chemists, patients and their families, members of Uruguay's newly-legalised industry and the man who made it all possible, former President Jose Mujica! DL2 cast

    DRUGLAWED wins BEST FEATURE at the CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL!

    18/06/2016 at 9:43 AM

    DRUGLAWED wins BEST FEATURE at the CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL!

    Thanks to our friends in New York for hosting the East Coast premiere where DRUGLAWED won the award for BEST FEATURE of 2016!

    Druglawed officially selected for New York's CannaBus Culture Film Festival

    07/06/2016 at 3:35 AM

    NEW YORK Premiere of Druglawed

    CANNABUS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL (NEW YORK) PRESENTS THE EAST COAST PREMIERE OF DRUGLAWED! In the Big Apple on 15/16 June.

    La Marcha De Marijuana Buenos Aires 2016

    08/05/2016 at 3:43 PM

    70,000 people marched from Plaza de Mayo to the Congress of Argentina todayLa Marcha De Marijuana Buenos Aires 2016

    Jday 2016 is brought to you by NORML NZ and THE HEMPSTORE

    27/04/2016 at 5:18 AM

    Jday 2016Our sponsors NORML NZ and THE HEMPSTORE will be organising another wonderful Jday at Albert Park (Auckland) and multiple other venues throughout NZ. https://www.facebook.com/events/539600922908612/

    Interview with former President of Uruguay José Mujica

    25/04/2016 at 3:00 PM

    José Mujica on his farm in Pajas BlancasAfter many unsuccessful attempts to reach the legendary former President of Uruguay we finally intercepted him in a tractor outside his farm on the outskirts of Montevideo. On the spot he agreed to a half hour interview for DRUGLAWED 2. José Mujica is the first national leader to fully legalise cannabis. Please let your friends know they can support the production by downloading DL1 from druglawed.com - thank you!

    10 days to Druglawed's US premiere at CFFest

    15/04/2016 at 10:32 AM

    MANY THANKS to our US sponsors! If you happen to be in California, Garberville will be hosting the US premiere of Druglawed in ten days at the CFF! 

    http://cannabisfilmfestival.com/10 days to Druglawed's US premiere at CFFest

    "Whakawhetai ki a koutou nui atu" to Norml NZ​ and The Hempstore Aotearoa

    30/03/2016 at 1:15 PM

    The Hempstore Aotearoa"Whakawhetai ki a koutou nui atu" to Norml NZ and The Hempstore Aotearoa for sponsoring Druglawed. The production has gone all the way from Auckland to every part of NZ, and to Australia, Israel and Uruguay. We may even feature a segment in Argentina.  Back in Auckland The Hempstore has moved to 253 K'Rd. Druglawed 2 is currently in production in Uruguay - the first country in the world to legalise cannabis.

    Druglawed's Nimbin premiere - MardiGrass 2016

    23/02/2016 at 2:59 AM

    Druglawed Nimbin Premiere

    Nimbin MardiGrass has selected Druglawed to be one of three films screening at this year's festival. Tell your friends they can download the film for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com to support production of the sequel which features segments in Australia, Israel, NZ, US and Uruguay. 

    https://www.facebook.com/nimbinmardigrass

    DRUGLAWED Officially Selected for Cannabis Film Festival - U.S. Premiere

    20/02/2016 at 7:08 AM

    DRUGLAWED has been officially selected for the Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville, California - the film's USA premiere will be on 23/24 April 2016!DRUGLAWED's upcoming US Premiere at CFF

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    DRUGLAWED 2 features Uruguay's most famous writers

    15/01/2016 at 5:30 AM

    Professor Daniel Vidart

    The Druglawed production was honoured by interviews with two of South America's most important writers: Prof. Daniel Vidart and Alicia Castilla. La producción Druglawed fue honrado con las entrevistas de dos de los escritores más importantes de América del Sur: Prof. Daniel Vidart y Alicia Castilla.Daniel Vidart and Alicia Castilla

    Just $462 away from funding Druglawed 2 with 2.5 days to go...

    17/12/2015 at 10:33 AM

    The Druglawed 2 Kickstarter campaign is nearly over. We have received fantastic support for the project and now we require only $462 more to secure the pledges we have already received. Please let your friends know they can help us across the finish by pledging at this link: kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2DL2 Kickstarter campaign

    EGA presents the AUSTRALIAN PREMIERES OF DRUGLAWED

    26/11/2015 at 3:01 PM

    DRUGLAWED premieres in Sydney on Dec 4th and Melbourne on Dec 5th, brought to Australia by ENTHEOGENESIS AUSTRALIS 2015 who are sponsoring the production of the Australian segment of Druglawed 2. Please support the production of Druglawed 2 by pledging towards our crowdfunding campaign and sharing this link on your social media networks, THANK YOU! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2

    A huge THANK YOU to our Principal Sponsor THE HEMPSTORE

    09/11/2015 at 2:38 PM

    Whakawhetai ki a koutou a THE HEMPSTORE AOTEAROA! The Hempstore sponsored Druglawed1 and now they have generously backed DL2 also! For those of you that don't know, NZ's high-grade hemp specialists have moved location - The Hempstore is now at 253 K Rd, Auckland - www.hempstore.co.nz ...Please support our KICKSTARTER with a pledge of your own, we have just 40 days left to raise another $4000 to make DL2! This is the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-2The Hempstore Aotearoa

    Druglawed enters Canada

    26/10/2015 at 9:50 PM

    Druglawed has been selected for the 2016 ReFrame Film Festival in Canada! www.druglawed.comReFrame Film Festival

    DRUGLAWED subtitled in Spanish & English

    30/07/2015 at 10:16 AM

    www.druglawed.com

    Subtitled versions of Druglawed are now available on VHX.TV! Please tell your friends and get them to spread the word on social media, the film is available for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com.

    Druglawed set free on the internet

    22/06/2015 at 2:46 AM

    Here is the first part of the film on Youtube (Prologue & Chapter1), the rest to follow in serial form over the next 12 to 18 months. Please ask friends to support the film by downloading it for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com - thank you!Druglawed nominated for Best Feature Documentary

    Druglawed set free on the internet

    22/06/2015 at 2:24 AM

    Here is the first part of the film on Youtube (Prologue & Chapter1), the rest to follow in serial form over the next 12 to 18 months. Please ask friends to support the film by downloading it for $4.20 from www.druglawed.com - thank you!Druglawed nominated for Best Feature Documentary

    Druglawed on RadioLive

    13/05/2015 at 8:55 AM

    Radio icon Graeme Hill will be doing an in-studio Druglawed interview on national radio in the run-up to Druglawed's award nominations for the Documentary Edge Festival, tune in to RadioLive on Sunday 17th May at 9.15pmDruglawed on RadioLive

    Druglawed a first choice for new Wiki doco categories

    06/04/2015 at 9:55 PM

    Even though DRUGLAWED was released on the internet just 5 days ago, Wikipedia editors pegged DRUGLAWED as one of the first to be listed in the new category of Doc Films Abt Cnbs, alongside classics Grass, The Union, and Hemp For Victory (the first pot doc ever, which was made by none other than the US Govt). DRUGLAWED is also one of the first docs in the newly created NZ Docs page. DRUGLAWED can now be downloaded at www.druglawed.vhx.tv !Druglawed on Wiki

    Druglawed officially selected for DocEdge Festival 2015

    16/03/2015 at 3:26 PM

    Druglawed selected for DocEdge 2015

    Druglawed gets Festival laurels - official selection DocEdge 2015

    All our rewards packages have been posted, please let us know if you didn't receive one and we'll send yours out! As an extra reward for all our PledgeMe & Kickstarter Pledgers all your names are listed in the closing credits, look for yours when you watch the film...

    If you want to be among the very first people on planet earth to download the movie go to www.druglawed.vhx.tv - the first person to pre-order the download on VHX will receive a  Druglawed DVD (signed by the whole DL crew) as a bonus!

    Please spread awareness of the film by liking and linking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/druglawed - thanks for your support!

    Please rate Druglawed with 10 stars on IMDb

    22/02/2015 at 9:40 AM

    IMDb Druglawed link

    Internet Movie Database now has a listing for Druglawed! Please go to this link and rate us with 10 stars: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4450674/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1  It only takes a second to register with IMDb.  We have sent out all the Kickstarter/PledgeMe rewards except for those that pledged for T-shirts which we will print next week. If you haven't received your rewards yet, please let us know... Thanks!

    Sending out remaining DVD pledge rewards this week

    09/02/2015 at 9:03 AM

    We will be mailing our Kickstarter and PledgeMe supporters your DVD rewards this week,  please allow an extra week for delivery.  We still have to get all the orders for T-shirt sizes in, so if you pledged for a T-shirt too, please be patient, we are working on it, and we'll send it with your DVD! The film will be available for download in about 2 months. If you haven't yet let us know your mailing address for the DVD/T-shirt please send us a message, thanks!Druglawed DVD case

    Sending out Rewards in 1-2 weeks

    28/01/2015 at 1:21 PM

    Now that the Premiere is behind us we can focus on sending out DVDs and T-shirts to all our PledgeMe and Kickstarter supporters. Please allow an extra week for delivery. If you pledged for a T-shirt let us know your preferred size and colour by emailing us at [email protected], thanks! Let your friends know the DVD is available at www.druglawed.com - selling the DVDs will fund subtitling the film into Spanish and Japanese and also authoring the downloadable version...Druglawed Premiere

    Authoring the DVD just in time for Druglawed's Release on Jan 24

    17/01/2015 at 3:24 PM

    RPM Studios have done an amazing job adding subtitles and last minute colour correction to DRUGLAWED ahead of our World Premiere on January 24 and 25. Meet the cast and crew and be the very first members of the public to ever see the film! Check our Facebook event for details... Please let us know when you arrive so we can give you your pledge rewards... & look for your name in the credits! Druglawed World Premiere FB Event

    Druglawed World Premiere in Auckland 24 Jan (& 25 Jan)!

    29/12/2014 at 7:46 PM

    Druglawed Underworld Premiere 24+25 JanThe most in-depth New Zealand documentary on the Drug War is now just weeks from completion! Please join the crew for our first public screenings on January 24 (or Jan 25) at 4.20pm and 7.10pm.

    To preserve our chances of acceptance into those film festivals which prefer entries that have not yet had a theatrical release, we are calling this the "Underworld Premiere" and we are hosting it in our own specially-constructed Druglawed cinema - creating a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience you will never forget!

    There will be a party between and after screenings. Entry is by koha... unless you pledged on Pledge Me or Kickstarter for tickets, in which case please bring a guest, you've already koha'd for two! Let us know when you arrive if you pledged for a DVD or T-shirt. Every one of our Pledgers are acknowledged by name in the end credits, so look for your name - and thank you!

    See the facebook event for details...

    Druglawed Wrap Party

    24/11/2014 at 1:55 PM

    After five and half years in production the Druglawed documentary is nearly wrapped. Join the crew to celebrate! Enjoy a preview of select parts of the film, live music by our soundtrack artist Simon Abela and his band, & delicious vegan food.

     

    Please let us know when you arrive if you pledged on Kickstarter or PledgeMe as we may have some of your crowdfunding rewards ready. The DVD will be ready at the end of January 2015, but T-shirts have already been printed.

    This is a free event, so bring your friends...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/298908260320233/

    Druglawed's design by Crafty Creative

    15/11/2014 at 2:44 PM

    Pitch-perfect voice over recorded by Estevez

    04/11/2014 at 2:47 PM

    We have a bumper crop of homegrown Kiwi talent working in the sound department of Druglawed, including our voice over artist Estevez Gillespie, who laid down the narration at Auckland studio Radiate Sound. See more pictures in our Facebook page... Estevez lays down the DL VO

    Top editor Juan has fine cut Druglawed

    23/09/2014 at 4:59 PM

    Many thanks to master editor Juan for helping to fine cut the doco. All that remains to be done now is record the voice over, sound mix, colour correct and export the DVD. We know many people are wondering if we are ever going to wrap it up, rest assured we will! Thanks for your patience and support!Juan fine cuts doco

    Druglawed movie poster

    30/07/2014 at 2:35 PM

    Our documentary poster has been completed - many thanks to ace graphic designer, Phil, for helping us with the final retouching and finished art!

    Our T-shirts are ready!

    16/05/2014 at 11:53 AM

    The DRUGLAWED T-shirts have been delivered, available in all sizes, womens & mens, black & green! If you'd like to buy a T-shirt (proceeds go to our final post production budget) please message us! They're $35 (includes delivery to anywhere in NZ). If you've already pledged for a T-shirt on Kickstarter or PledgeMe (and you live in NZ) we can send your shirt out to you - so if you'd like it now, just message us to let us know! Alternatively you can wait till the DVD is ready and we'll send both together... See more photos in our Facebook page...The Official T-shirt!

    Preview screening on April 20 a huge success!

    21/04/2014 at 7:42 PM

    Preview screening of Druglawed DocoThe preview screening of the first finished segment of DRUGLAWED was a huge success! We had to show the film six times (instead of the three screenings we had planned) with about a hundred people over the course of the evening turning up to see the film, despite torrential rain! Great to meet some of the online supporters! Looking forward to seeing you back at the Premiere as soon as we've completed recording the soundtrack, watch this space...

    See the photos of the event in our Facebook page by clicking this link...

    Vegan hemp food for April 20 screening of Medical Segment of Druglawed

    19/04/2014 at 11:01 PM

    Kia Ora! Hemp flour, hemp seeds & hemp oil - nature's superfood went into everything we've prepared for the vegan-friendly menu at the Auckland preview screening of the Medical Segment of the Druglawed Documentary - April 20, screenings at 4.20, 5.20 & 6.20... Stay after for hemp tea with hemp milk...

    Details here. Free for all our PledgeMe & Kickstarter Pledgers and any friends you care to bring along... Have a good 4.20...

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    Hempalicious!

    Colour correcting just in time for Sunday's preview screening...

    18/04/2014 at 11:24 AM

    Jordan's colour correcting wizardryColour correction of the first finished segment (10 minutes) is complete... just in time for the Auckland preview screenings on 4.20.2014 at 4.20pm, 5.20pm and 6.20pm. Entry for all our Kickstarter & PledgeMe Pledgers is free... If you have pledged for a T-shirt, we'll have yours for you at the screening on Sunday... The final release date of the 90 minute cut will be mid 2014, as soon as we have our soundtrack recorded... Please click this link for event details.

    Colour correcting just in time for Sunday's preview screening...

    18/04/2014 at 11:24 AM

    Colour correction of the first finished segment (10 minutes) is complete... just in time for the Auckland preview screenings on 4.20.2014 at 4.20pm, 5.20pm and 6.20pm. Entry for all our Kickstarter & PledgeMe Pledgers is free... If you have pledged for a T-shirt, we'll have yours for you at the screening on Sunday... The final release date of the 90 minute cut will be mid 2014, as soon as we have our soundtrack recorded... Please click this link for event details.

    Druglawed Preview Screening April 20th 2014 (Auckland)

    09/04/2014 at 3:26 PM

    Kia Ora! We couldn't get all the music done in time to release the entire film, so we are going to release a preview on April 20th, in order to show our many generous supporters that you've invested in a radical film! Please join the DL crew at the High Tea Cafe (29 Portage Rd, New Lynn) on April 20th from 3.30pm. Entry for all our Pledge Me pledgers is free!

    Please see this link for details and updates on our facebook events page

    We apologize for the delay, but we underestimated how long it would take to record the soundtrack. Our final release date will be in two months, when we will host the official premiere and send out your DVDs/T-shirts/other rewards. Thank you and stay tuned...

    Join us for the launch of our SOUNDTRACK - 22 Feb @ 4pm

    21/02/2014 at 7:46 AM

    Kia Ora Pledgers, we're hosting a launch for the soundtrack of Druglawed on Saturday 22nd (tomorrow) - there will be a range of delicious hemp food and a live band. Here is the FB link with all the details, hope you can make it: https://www.facebook.com/Druglawed/posts/267292093433690   

    Thank you for supporting us, please email your friends this link to our Kickstarter page so that they can support us too!!

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1989898482/druglawed-documentary-soundtrack?ref=live

    The Druglawed Soundtrack

    08/10/2013 at 3:18 AM

    Thanks to all our original Pledgers we have made great progress, all we're missing now is our soundtrack. We have arranged post production facilities to handle the final stages of colour correction and sound mixing, which we're going to undertake early next year. We're looking forward to the Premiere on 20 April next year, hope to see you all there!

    FUNDED!

    30/07/2013 at 4:27 AM

    We've raised $5500 for the post production budget of DRUGLAWED! We look forward to sending our Pledgers your rewards and to meeting some of you at the Premiere! Thank you all!

    The DL Crew

    $300 to go!! 12 hours left!

    29/07/2013 at 11:24 AM

    DRUGLAWED stocks have rallied at the 11th hour! Only $300 to go!! We're definitely going to make it to our target thanks to all of you!

    Check out our FOUR FILM POSTERS on display at: http://druglawed.com/poster---promotional-art.html

    Just $600 away with 24 hours to go!

    29/07/2013 at 1:30 AM

    Our new poster, sponsored by Grant Hall and The Star Trust can be viewed at: http://i.imgur.com/x6zpmVw.jpg

    We're almost at our target... Please encourage your friends to pledge in the next 24 hours and we'll make it! Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and generosity, Pledgers!


    $3000 with 7 days to go...

    24/07/2013 at 4:00 AM

    Our pledges just nudged over $3000! Please spread the word to friends and like-minded people, we have only seven days left to hit our target of $5,500... Special thanks to Hemp Technologies for your support, you can expect many hemp product placements in the film!

    The DL Crew

    Making progress with help from The Hemp Store and The Star Trust

    19/07/2013 at 9:30 AM

    What great support we've been getting, with The Hemp Store recently making a Principal Sponsor pledge and some of our first PledgeMe sponsors showing true grit by pledging a second time! We're almost at the $3000 threshold now. Our new poster is on the way too, sponsored by Grant Hall of The Star Trust and Kotare Creative. Each day we are a little bit closer to the dream...

    The DL Crew

    New poster from a kind sponsor

    03/07/2013 at 2:17 AM

    We'll be revealing our new film poster in a couple of weeks, many thanks to Kotare Creative for the much-appreciated input! We're looking forward to sending all our Pledgers your DVDs / T-shirts / Tickets... And to our Principal Sponsors, we'd like to remind you that you have the option to appear in the film...

    The DL Crew

    TV3's The Vote - The Druglawed Connection

    07/06/2013 at 9:14 AM

    TV3's "The Vote" on 22nd May debated the topic: "Should soft drugs like cannabis be decriminalized?" with 72% of those voting casting their vote in favour, an almost two-third majority! Druglawed associate producer Sid Menon, who appears in the film, was the individual who emailed The Vote's producers with the suggestion to debate the topic. Well done, Sid!

    A Huge Thanks from the Druglawed crew

    13/05/2013 at 10:51 AM

    Dear Pledgers,

    Section18Films and BT-Tokyo Media would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the Druglawed production with your generous pledges!

    Having today crossed the $1000 threshold after just a few days since we launched the fundraiser, we are confident that we will meet our target and we look forward to sending you your orders of a DVD / T-shirt / Tickets on or before our Premiere on 4.20.2014.

    With much appreciation,

    The DL Crew

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