The Drug War Vigil Memorial Group is a social justice think tank that was founded in the fall of 2000, dedicated to ending the War on Drugs. They recognize that the militarization of this medical issue and the criminalization of the chronically sick, terminally ill and chemically dependent have resulted in the needless loss of human life, and that this is the true crime.
The group promoted social justice journalism at the 2002 Cannabis Culture Toker’s Bowl Drug War Vigil Film Festival and again at the 2nd Annual Drug War Vigil Film Festival in May 2003, also during the Bowl. With spin-offs when 911 Washington State’s premier Media Arts Center and the BC Compassion Club Society, a non-profit healthcare provider distributing cannabis and other holistic medicines, presented a DRUG WAR FILM FESTIVAL March 12th in Seattle, WA in addition to an earlier show in East Vancouver.
This year, the group is using a theater venue and staging it as a separate event from the Toker’s Bowl.
The festival is accepting films of 30 minutes or less on any topic related to cannabis, drugs and the drug war, and/or Harm Reduction. The films will be screened and judged by participants at the Drug War Vigil Film Festival Sept 24-25th as well as viewers of WWW.Pot-TV.Net. The film chosen for first place will receive A Grand Prize of $2000; 2nd place $1000.00; 3rd place $500.00; New Special 500.00 Prize for best short, a short being 5 minutes or less. You must register your film for entry by to be eligible and registration is FREE.
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