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Color 1995 Tour the Highlands of Holland with Ed Rosenthal In Amsterdam's famed hash coffeeshops you can order coffee, tea, or...marijuana! Are the Dutch too permissive, or have they found a peaceful, practical alternative to the war on drugs? This film is an insider's look at the rapidly growing, quasi-legal cannabis industry in the Netherlands and the issues swirling around it. Backed by a dynamic musical sound track, we follow Ed Rosenthal, a modern Johnny Appleseed of pot, as he takes the High Road to Holland, where you can buy marijuana in over one thousand hashcoffeeshops. You can roll a joint or fill a pipe, sit out in the open air, and get high. Or you can take your purchase home and enjoy it there. And NOT get busted! The tour ranges from the greenhouses of Sensi Seed's Cannabis Castle to Positronics, where you can get everything you need to grow your own marijuana to lush fields where large-scale hemp production is being subsidized by the European Economic Union to the hash coffeeshops and hemp boutiques that dot Amsterdam. While maintaining a light hearted approach to a very serious subject, the film explores the debate raging over medical marijuana the effects of prohibition and America's failed War on Drugs and the results of decriminalization on Dutch society. This innovative approach to drugs is discussed by sociologists and experts, marijuana tycoons, drug refugees from the US and elsewhere, and other observers and participants in the Dutch experiment.