Why I HAD to make the film “Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom”

Published On August 29, 2012 | By CopBlock | Articles

by Michael W. Dean

In 2003, my adult daughter Amelia was diagnosed with leukemia. She put up a brave fight, but died in 2006.

The last couple years she was alive, she broke the law to smoke pot. She’d never smoked pot before, but a medical professional tacitly suggested it to her, to deal with nausea, weight loss, and pain, both from the leukemia and the chemo. It helped. It gave her some relief. Pot made the hell a little less hellish.

After she died, I started to reflect hard on the reality of pot laws. Even though I don’t smoke pot, I wanted it to be completely legal. The thought that someone could have thrown my only child in a cage for doing something that had made her soul-crushing pain a little less painful infuriated me. And I knew that any kind of “permission slip” was just The State meddling in things that are nobody’s business, regardless of whether the smoker has cancer or just wants to craft a nice buzz on Friday night.

In 2008, someone tried to break into our house while I was home. I was lucky: I was able to chase him off without a weapon. But I thought a lot about “What if he’d been a lot more motivated?” My wife and I bought our first gun the next day.

This lead to much studying of laws and soul-searching. I bought the book You and the Police by Boston T. Party and learned about the difference between good laws and bad laws. I went fairly quickly from statist to Constitutionalist to minarchist to anarcho-capitalist, where I remain today.

When I was somewhere between minarchist and anarcho-capitalist I hooked up with an AnCap named Neema Vedadi and started work on the feature-length movie Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom. The movie seemed to need to exist, because people who feel strongly in favor of “gun rights” are often very against “pot rights”, and vice-versa. We wanted to unify. We needed to show that there’s no such thing as “single-issue rights.” That there’s no such thing as “half-free.”

Neema and I had a lot of fun making the movie, worked 18-hour days, and made it as a labor of love. We spent 2400 bucks out of pocket creating it, and actually got a DVD distributor to pick it up, while also putting it all up on YouTube, and we allowed someone to BitTorrent it with our blessings. The Guns and Weed movie was made to get a message out, and a lot of people loved it and told us it was important in their path to liberty.

A lot of people also hated it. We’ve had gun people tell us “This will set the Second Amendment back 50 years!” (Which actually sounds like a good thing if you think about all the gun laws that have been passed in the last 50 years, lol.) We’ve had weed lovers say, “Weed is for peace, guns are for violence. This movie is a horrible idea.” But overall, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

I directed the movie, but also did a little acting in it. There is a really bad cop in the script who conducts an especially violent raw-milk raid, and also raids a pot farm, named Sergeant Dan Banning. I wanted Boston T. Party to play Banning. Having him in the film would have been a nifty “full circle” from what he turned me on to. I liked the idea of having him in a movie partially influenced by his book. But there was a scheduling conflict between Boston and the actor playing the guy who runs the raw milk store.

I took some of my acting “motivation” from stuff I’d read about a bunch of bad cops on CopBlock. Then I mixed in a little a dash of Cheech and Chong’s “Sergeant Stedenko.” And of course Dan Banning’s line “I’ll enforce any law out there” in the “tribute to a fallen hero” part is paraphrasing Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “I’ll enforce any law on the books.”

I’m honored to be asked by Pete Eyre to tell you a little bit about how this movie came to be. Pete Eyre and Adamo Freeman were “early adopters” of the Guns and Weed movie. In fact, the first time I ever talked to either of them was right after we put the film up on YouTube and Pete wrote me to tell me that he and Ademo had made popcorn and had a blast watching the whole thing.

There aren’t a lot of “popcorn movies” about liberty. Most liberty movies are damn serious, which makes sense, because The State is a damn serious situation. The State is the ONLY threat to our liberty. But I like to try to make people laugh. I feel it’s effective.

And as Oscar Wilde said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”

Trailer, DVD and Torrent: http://www.gunsandweed.com

Whole film on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/99ebtej

Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi’s FREEDOM FEENS Podcast: http://www.freedomfeens.com

Michael W. Dean’s Anarchy Gumbo Podcast: http://www.kittyfeet.com/

Piece on a song Michael sang in tribute to his daughter after she passed away: http://tinyurl.com/8vmhapo

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  • Marine andy

    I am curious to hear what the Prohibitionist think of medical marijuana. My uncle died of cancer a few years ago and we had pounds of it in his house, should we have been arrested? The marijuana made his death far more comfortable.

  • Ryan

    Nothing more than modern prohibition. The supporters of banning weed are ignorant to say the least.
    I say this a person who never drinks, smokes, and loves guns. It’s possible for both to exist, but you must overcome a lot of ignorance from both crowds.

    Weed is not solely for peace, and guns are not solely for killing. Simple as that really.

  • Shawn

    All drugs are destructive when used inappropriately. And medical use is far outweighed by recreational use. I’m iffy on the medical use, as medicine isn’t my skill, but I have no doubts about recreational use of mind altering drugs.

    Drugs for fun is nothing but trouble for everyone.

  • http://rainbow-websites.com Lydia

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and highly recommend it to liberty lovers. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HALF FREE should be shouted from the rooftops!

  • 2minutes

    Re: medical use of marijuana – have you ever heard of Marinol? It is the synthetic derivative of an active metabolite found in marijuana, and is a controlled substance that can be prescribed by physicians. So, in fact, marijuana does have some actual medicinal uses. As far as
    being destructive, marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, yet alcohol is legal and readily available. The question then is this: why is marijuana illegal when far more harmful drugs are easily obtained from your physician for even minor complaints?

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  • Yankee Fan

    There is a big difference between someone toking away on some hippie lettuce and someone taking Marinol (dronabinol).

    Why is this medication prescribed?

    Dronabinol is used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy in people who have already taken other medications to treat this type of nausea and vomiting without good results. Dronabinol is also used to treat loss of appetite and weight loss in people who have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Dronabinol is in a class of medications called cannabinoids. It works by affecting the area of the brain that controls nausea, vomiting, and appetite.

    Thats what it is used for, not to allow someone to getinto a place where they lose all concept of reality on purpose. Marijuana that we all talk about on here is a C-1 drug that has no accepted use.

  • Nate

    Your film is great, I stayed up past my bedtime to watch it. You and I are on the same wavelength -I agree completely with your message in the film. It’s so frustrating that people think ending prohibition is a side issue, as Romney and Obama do. It is central to freeing resources to tackle real crime, improvin the economy and environment with hemp based products, and a right step for a so-called “free” country. Its sad that most people are so ignorant that they think everyone would be driving around high and all the kids would be smoking with their children -that would be criminal just as it is with alcohol. Regulating this natural plant would protect children. When I was 16 it was near impossible to get a case of beer but I knew exactly where to go and who to talk to about a bag of grass. Wake up America.
    Vote Gary Johnson in November

  • Jim

    I’ve been through chemo therapy and it isn’t any fun.

    The pills such as Marinol or whatever are useless. They would be of some use if you weren’t so nauseous that you can’t swallow a tablespoon of water let alone a pill.

    This is what I faced every morning. A couple of puffs on a joint and I could swallow all the pills I needed to take and eat breakfast. It even clears your head from the chemo fog. It’s instant, immediate and effective relief. For a chemo patient a joint to smoke is a miracle drug.

    Yankee Fan says:”Thats what it is used for, not to allow someone to getinto a place where they lose all concept of reality on purpose. Marijuana that we all talk about on here is a C-1 drug that has no accepted use.”

    Lose all concept of reality? What? You really shouldn’t attempt to describe the effects of a drug you’ve never personally experienced. I was a teenager during the 70s, I tried many different drugs. Alcohol is easily the most impairing of all the drugs I’ve ever used and that includes LSD. Alcohol really makes one lose all concept of reality. Weed, not even close.

  • Yankee Fan

    Im a pharmacy tech and know what these do in detail. You should not talk about someones lack of experience without knowing them. I have known peeps who took marijuana for painrelief and they always lost all sense of anything to lose the pain. I worked with a guy in a plumbing job who did 2 terms at folsom for meth. He was a big player in cali with meth. He, every weekend talked about getting high. When I asked him how it affects you, he stated it varies but it always made him feel good and forget the bad for a while. So please do not act like you know anything about someone’s experiences.

  • Yankee Fan

    I would also ask this. If i took two glasses of wine a day for 2 years and you did the same with weed…who in the hell do you think would be more productive, and who would be more likely to be a lazy fuck? It is true booze is more dangerous if abused but if not, its not close at all to any of the other recreational drugs even if they are taken in moderation like alcohol.

  • Yankee Fan

    The guy I knew that used weed for..losing all sense of reality is my best friends moms dad. This is a family i have known 35 years and he had stage 4 cancer and had no hope but to die in peace and when he smoked he had no clue about anything at all but was aware off weed. He knew who you were and could be productive but was in agony so yes, Jim I do have outside experience with the fact in his case weed did cause him to lose alls ense of reality!

  • Yankee Fan

    For the record, Jim I am not pro or con against Marijuana. My mom was in a car accident 2 -3 years ago. She was rear ended by a 1 tone flatbed truck and she needed neck and spine surgery. SDhe has had on and off again pain. Her primary physician told her there is “another” way. She did ask what can it do and I was there when he said it varied ranging from just slight euphoria to putting you out if because everyone is different. Thats about the same as losing all sense of reality. I do agree that chemotherapy drugs are not a good feeling but if used right they do work but they do wreck the body. But like every drug it’s affect is going to be diffferent person to person. some peeps not so much where some will lose sense of reality so disagree if you want but everyone’s experience will be different.

  • George

    Marijuana should be legalized but what this has to do with such a ridiculous idea such as anarcho-capitalist is beyond me. And how you got to thinking that is something good is equally as baffling. Money is the scourge of humanity. We should be moving on to a resource based economy that is much fairer. If you do some research and look into the history of money and how it’s created you’ll quickly realize that it’s a scam. Anyways, let’s focus on Marijuana. It’s not illegal because a loving government wants to protect it’s citizens from jumping off of buildings or whatnot. If anyone in power cared about anyone they’d make smoking and alcohol illegal. Marijuana and other psychedelics are illegal because these kinds of “drugs”,when used correctly, open up your mind to the possibility that everything you know is wrong. It alters your way of thinking for the better.

  • http://rainbow-websites.com Lydia

    George, it is not money itself which is a problem, it is the way it is used. For the past seven years I have been promoting a new system which changes the way money works and as a result, eliminates all of the parasitic elements such as Big Brother watching us on cameras, I.D. requirements and the easy theft thereof, corporations, insurance companies, banks, and much more. It is NOT like any other system that has ever been suggested or tried. I created a website to explain it; it is best to read the novel “Invisible Hand” (free on website to read or listen/download as MP3 files read aloud by the author, Larry K. Mason) and then the explanatory articles. Please do not discuss the material with us unless you read through the entire novel, because those who don’t ALWAYS decide they know something they don’t. (And get the wrong idea entirely) The website is at http://nopom.info and I’d love to hear your opinion if you take my challenge and read it all the way through. We believe WE CAN DO THIS.

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