Savages: Stone’s Stoner Film Reminds Us Why Marijuana Should Be Legal
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Savages: Stone’s Stoner Film Reminds Us Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

Time Magazine piece on director Oliver Stone’s penchant for unhinged narco-mayhem, Savages, based on Don Winslow’s 2010 novel, is likely to illustrate why keeping weed illegal no longer makes legal, fiscal or even moral sense.

The new Oliver Stone stoner film, Savages, is based on Don Winslow’s 2010 novel, but I’ve noticed in reviews that John Travolta has a line about marijuana that isn’t in the book: “This stuff’ll be legal in three years,” he says. “Embrace the change.” It’s an apt update.

Travolta, mind you, doesn’t play some wishful-thinking pothead. His character is a corrupt federal anti-drug agent who, in the novel, seems burned out on the futile task of marijuana interdiction. He’s just as weary of watching the ghastly violence, both in Mexico and the U.S., that results from the illegal trafficking of a multi-billion-dollar drug that at least half of America now believes should be legal.

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