America's Longest War by Feine, Paul
The documentary shows how all the presidents since Nixon have been handling the topic of drug legislation. The focus is on the drug policy of Obama. Before his first term Obama promised to approve the use of medical marijuana, but later followed in the footsteps of his predecessors cracking down hard on suppliers and users. In the meanwhile policy makers, scientists, historians and the general public are debating about proper drug classification, the penalty system and possible alternatives to fight the war on drugs.
The Alcohol Prohibition by the US government in the 1920-ies showed that making a substance illegal will not necessarily result in the desired effects. The drinking habits of the people changed from soft alcoholic beverages like beer to strong liquor and a vast illegal circuit arose supplying illegally brewed alcohol. Besides the fact that regular citizens were criminalized for drinking alcohol, mafia and corruption flourished, eventually leading to the repeal in 1933. The documentary explains how a parallel can be drawn between the alcohol prohibition of the previous century and the contemporary war on drugs.