Grass is Greener (2019)
> Starring: B-Real, Steven Hager, Damian Marley, Snoop Dogg
Hip-hop icon Fab Five Freddy directed and narrates this provocative Netflix documentary, which calls upon a number of fellow tokers and industry legends. Putting decades of history in its crosshairs, the film peels back the curtain on America’s racially unjust drug war.
> Starring: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould, Kevin Nealon
To support both her family and her lifestyle, a suburban widow and mother (Mary-Louise Parker) becomes the neighborhood pot dealer. The smash Showtime series grew darker as it progressed over the course of eight seasons. A spinoff called “Weeds 4.20” is reportedly in development.
Weed the People (2018)
> Starring: Amanda Reiman, Donald Abrams, Bonni Goldstein, Ethan Nadelmann
This revealing Netflix documentary depicts young cancer patients and their struggle to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Six years in the making, it argues for increased research and against prohibitive legislation. Actor and TV personality Ricki Lake executive produced.
Birds of Passage (2018)
> Starring: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez
This acclaimed Colombian crime drama channels the rise of the drug trade through the story of a tribal family. Spanning the 1960s and 1970s, it sees a thriving business fall victim to corruption and conflict. Filmmakers Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra spent 10 years putting the movie together and based some of its events on real-life stories.
High Maintenance (2016)
> Starring: Ben Sinclair, Kate Lyn Sheil, Britt Lower, Abdullah Saeed
HBO’s low-key anthology series uses a New York pot dealer (Ben Sinclair) and his product to thread a line between various personal stories. It initially premiered on Vimeo before arriving on premium cable in a half-hour format. While never a big draw, the show did earn itself rave reviews and a loyal cult following.