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FRONTLINE; Busted: America’s War on Marijuana


AIR: 4/28/98 Ch 1 & 2 stereo mix Ch 3 mono Dub from D-Beta Master Duration: 56:46

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Busted: America’s War on Marijuana
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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The United States government spends nearly $2.5 billion each year to process arrests related to marijuana production and sales, that often carry severe penalties. While the war on marijuana may be going strong, do the results prove it a boom or a bust? FRONTLINE explores the impact of current policy on stemming the tide of marijuana use and looks at how marijuana law enforcement is affecting American life.

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Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Busted: America’s War on Marijuana,” 04/24/1998, GBH Archives, accessed March 5, 2024,
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