35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug
offenders living behind bars.The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war
in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure?
Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin
Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a
half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA
officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most
notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the
Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been
working for the CIA.
AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers
and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done
about it. This is not some ‘pro-drug’ stoner film, but a collection of expert
testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are
fighting it and the ones who are living it.
After 4 years of production including several sold out test screenings in New York,
Austin & Los Angeles, the final version of American Drug War “the last white hope” is
locked and loaded.