“Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” opening in NYC, Denver, Seattle

Documentary examines political process behind first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

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NEW YORK CITY – Marijuana documentary “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” is set to open theatrically at Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street) beginning this Friday, June 13. The film is slated for daily screenings at 3:15 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. from June 13 – 19.

evergreenEthan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and the filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A following the 7:00 P.M. screening on Friday, June 13. Tickets are available for pre-order on the Cinema Village website.

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” is a behind-the-scenes examination of Washington State Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana for the first time in America at the state level. The 86-minute film shines a light on the heated battle that led to I-502’s passage, including its rippling impact on the future of U.S. drug policy.

First Run Features is distributing “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” with theatrical openings in New York City (June 13), Denver (June 20) and Seattle (June 27). Play dates and venue information are available on the First Run Features website.

“Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” is a must-see case study for citizens, advocates and politicians as other states look to follow Washington and Colorado in reforming their own cannabis prohibition policies.

Director Riley Morton and the film’s producers are available for interviews this week. Please direct media inquiries and screener requests to the contacts listed above this release.

In the press:

“Evergreen reveals the weird lessons of Washington’s weed battle… a fascinating case study in the promise and perils of ballot-box democracy, and the give-and-take nature of social progress.”
Salon

“A fascinating, extraordinarily well-researched and executed doc… How the law was constructed, why it succeeded in passing, what loopholes still exist that could potentially continue discriminatory law enforcement practices – it’s all laid out digestibly and compellingly by Morton and his team.”
Filmmaker Magazine

“A prologue to the next chapters of marijuana legislation… setting the stage for the discussion of federal legalization… captures a crucial moment in the future of marijuana activism…”
Indiewire

“Evergreen offers an important boots-on-the-ground perspective… The personalities and rhetoric are colorful and the film’s presentation is lively…”
The Hollywood Reporter