Friday, April 30, 2021

The Marijuana Conspiracy Review: Rolling An Interesting Tale Of Laced Research

Release date: April 20, 2021
Running time: 123 minutes
Written and Directed By: Craig Pryce
Starring: Brittany Bristow, Morgan Kohan, Julia Sarah Stone, Tymika Tafari, Kyla Young, Marie Ward, Luke Bilyk, Gregory Calderone, Derek McGrath, Paulino Nunes

In 1972, young women looking for a fresh start in life endure isolated captivity in a true 98-day human experiment studying the effects of marijuana on females.

The Marijuana Conspiracy really feels like a true to life film.  It is set in the 70s and really feels like it came from this time.  From the costumes, to the activities, to the language, the film has a wonderful 70s style that feels right at home.  The movie also has an amazing commitment to the hippie lifestyle with period appropriate music.  And the overall story of The Marijuana Conspiracy is a fascinating one: paying a group of women to smoke pot everyday for 90 days and studying the effects.  It sounds like easy money and some people's dream job, but the study ends up being far more difficult than any of these women imagined.  It is interesting to see the effect that the constant marijuana usage has on them, and the overall changes in their work ethic, behavior, and mental health that occur as a result.  And the film also points to some underlying societal biases and the question of how research studies can be slanted for specific goals.  

The story of the Marijuana Conspiracy is slow to develop, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the five main subjects of this study, but it can also lead to a film that starts off well and gets very slow in the middle.  As the study progresses, sometimes it feels like the film just idles as the days count down.  It does pick up towards the end, but the film definitely feels the full two hours of run time.  And the movie also has a side plot part way through that deals with sexual orientation.  Although it was well done, it also felt like it didn't add much to the story of the study and just felt like a strange tangent in the middle of the movie.  The film definitely has an agenda with the study, showing how bias crept into the research into marijuana.  But the side plot made the movie feel a little disjointed and I think hurt the overall impact of the film.  

The Marijuana Conspiracy rolls an interesting tale with a fantastic 70s style, an impactful story, and a look into how bias can creep into research.

Rent it.

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The Marijuana Conspiracy is available digitally and on demand on April 20, 2021. 

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