Want to make millions in a $400 billion global industry? Find out why no one is winning the war on drugs in this provocative investigation, featuring Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), and 50 Cent.
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SPOILER ALERT: With the exception of a superficial glimpse of Portugal's approach to drug abuse prevention (an ethnically uniform country smaller than Pennsylvania!) and the unproven idea that all the billions spent on the US war on drugs would be better spent on treatment of addicts, this film does not even attempt to propose constructive solutions against drug abuse. The first 90% of the film will actually convince people that being a drug dealer is an effective way to quickly become a millionaire, especially if you're white! After showing all the money and treasure others acquired by selling drugs, they counter this toward the very end by saying that 9 out of 10 drug dealers eventually get caught, but the last person we see is in this film is an unrepentant snickering dealer who got away with it and says he can go back to it anytime he wants. Aside from that, the film is mostly the usual useless whining against America, alcohol, tobacco, crooked cops, politicians, the corrections industry and the CIA! It completely subverts its own allegedly anti-drug stance by quoting Steven Jobs as saying taking LSD was one of the most important experiences of his life, showing Susan Sarandon saying that while some drugs can kill you, others are actually a lot of fun, and showing Woody Harrelson's depraved indifferent Libertarian stance of Freedom Uber alles, even if its the freedom to destroy your life with drugs.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
I always suspected that it would be pretty simple to enter the drug game and this documentary confirmed my suspicions. Although I have never personally sold drugs I do know people who do and have sold drugs and I understand why they do it and the risks they take. One person I know of just got busted. Dude was dealing majorly though and I wasn't surprised he got popped. Anyway it seems always the low level dealers always get popped not the cartels. That's because America would not survive if all sorts of drugs ceased to be sold in America every single day. There is no war on drugs, there never was. This documentary just outlines why.
Outstanding. So many Americans are employed in the industries to prey on and destroy the lives of other Americans. They aren't "serving and protecting". I understand the everybody needs jobs but this isn't the way to do it. The infrastructure of our country is falling apart and all of the wasted money on the futile drug war could be better spent and people could be better employed in new industries to rebuild our country rather than tear it and its people down. We have become like a snake eating it's tail. And we not only destroy each other but go to other countries and destroy civilians thoughtlessly and with impunity as well--and we keep going deeper and deeper into debt to do it just to line the pockets of the corporations. Yet all those on the take from both the internal and external war profiteers are trying to blame Social Security, etc., on the financial plight and ruin of the country. The elephant in the room has gotten way too big for that story and others like it to make any sense whatsoever. We need more documentaries like this that tracks the money flow right back to our Congressmen and expose them for what they are.
This movie absolutely crushes the explanation of the issues with drug prohibition. In the same way that The Wire masterfully delivers a traditionally polarized narrative in a powerfully nuanced way, How To Make Money Selling Drugs eloquently and accessibly lays bare the myriad failures of our current drug war model. From politics, to prison industries and proxy governments, the government has made it their business to profit off of the prohibition of arbitrarily illegal drugs, all the while making money hand over fist on tobacco and alcohol, two of the most destructive drugs available.
This is absolutely worth your time, because if you already agree that prohibition doesnt work, the impeccable presentation of this endemic problem proves a refreshing reminder that reform of public policy grows from a public concerned with policy. If you don't think there's an issue, take a gander - even if you don't end up agreeing, you are now familiar with the foundational rationales and reasonings that define drug war skeptics.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs is ostensibly a "career guide" for those who want to learn how to make money in the drug trade. Whether for lack of other meaningful options or just a desire to "get rich without really working," this film, featuring interviews from some successful drug dealers, law enforcement and others, is designed to look like a way to explain to outsiders how to get into the business.
But as the film goes on, you get the real message of social commentary: the reason the drug war is so lucrative is because that, far from decreasing the demand for drugs, the drug war increases demand and creates a system where everyone can strike it rich. Dealers benefit from drugs being kept illegal because they are more lucrative that way; police officers and police departments can make money both through confiscation of drug dealers' property but generous federal aid based on number of drug convictions; prisons can get rich over the boom to their business created by drug prohibition (which as we've said, does nothing to stop demand), etc.
This film was truly outstanding, though much of its message (and even some of the same interviewees) are reflected in an equally outstanding critique of the drug war, "The House I Live In." How to Make Money gains the edge, I think, because of its creativity of approach. Both films are must see's, though.
... denn, es entspricht genau dem was es zeigt! Wurde leider selber mit dem Thema unfreiwillig in Deutschland einbezogen. Ich selber habe nicht aktiv mitgewirkt, aber kann darüber sprechen, z.B. das der Europäische Gerichtshof europaweit noch strenger damit umgehen soll. Auch die schützen muss, die damit unfreiwillig verwickelt wurden. Da hackt es noch. In Amerika wird da schon strenger vorgegangen. Der Film zeigt es in einer witzigen Form wie eine Anleitung - "man nehme...", aber trifft den Punkt. Beteiligte die sich outen trotzdem aus dem Geschäft raus gegangen sind, zeigen damit einen neuen Weg und das dies nicht der richtige Weg ist in kurzer Zeit an viel Geld zu kommen. Sehr gut beschrieben wird auch was ein Kartell bedeutet, also die Großen in der sich meine Geschichte leider wieder spiegelt. Es ist auch nie zu spät ein Ende damit zu machen. Sicher besteht in manchen Fällen auch eine gewisse Gefahr in sich. Aber Mut kann ich nur sagen !! Schaut einfach mal rein, auch wenn dieser Film in manchen Teilen etwas überspitzt gezeigt wird. Werner