Rolling Papers

Directed by Mitch Dickman

On January 1, 2014, recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado. With all eyes on ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post became the first major media outlet to embrace it and appointed the world’s first marijuana editor. Legalization is not just an experiment for society, but a risk for the dying industry of newspapers to hedge its bets on the booming business of marijuana. Ricardo Baca sets out to report on history in the making with a team of straight-laced staff writers and fish out of water freelancers in tow for The Cannabist as it unfolds. Policy news, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes are the new norm in the unprecedented world of pot journalism.


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  • ★★★½ review by James Haves on Letterboxd

    An engaging and fun documentary about a fascinating subject and landmark decision in American legal and journalistic history. Only hampered by its occasionally amateurish cinematography and obnoxious style/music choices.

  • ★★★★ review by Bryson on Letterboxd

    This film actually blew me away..

    I doubted it completely like "Im not in the mood for a documentary"

    But this is more than that..

    THE STORY is absolutely amazing. The Denver Post doing something nobody has ever done and doing an entire section about Cannabis. STRICTLY CANNABIS. Policy News, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes and it was eaten up by viewers because marijuana sales started January 1st 2014 in Colorado. Throughout the film you are thrown into the world of Cannabis Journalism and it's so god - damn smart its almost crazy that its all about weed. In the film you follow 4 people who were hired to work for the Cannabis Post. A mom with "The best job in the world" that smokes weed and writes about it and also what its like to be a mom and still smoking weed and how hard it can actually be. You got a man that takes beautiful pictures of Different Strains of marijuana and what its like which is him getting stoned and taking pictures and repeating. We got the main man who started the whole thing and what he does, why he created it, and Then we got a "Cannabis Genius" or in other woods the weed smoker that reviews different strains like the taste, the smoke, burn textures, sticky, easy broken up, seedy, color, it was all so in depth and easy for him and he was paid for what he is great at which is exactly that. "Weed Genius". As you watch they teach you really how much cannabis can do not for only recreational purposes and having fun but medically able to help people such as cancer patients and you learn about different affects that different strains of cannabis can do for you, Cannabis facts, etc.

    They also ended up having a crazy soundtrack to back up the documentary. Made it more fun for the viewer to watch throughout

    Definitely a documentary I recommend.

  • ★★★★ review by ab on Letterboxd

    L E G A L I S E D A T I N G

  • ★★★½ review by Adam James on Letterboxd

    Interesting documentary about the first year of marijuana legalization in Colorado through the perspective of the Denver Post pot editors/reviewers/writers. Informative and engaging, I liked this one.

  • ★★★★½ review by Substream Magazine on Letterboxd

    A wonderful look at the first year of legalized recreational marijuana use in the modern world. Full review coming 2/19

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