Colt Jackson's 'American Made': A Proposition 19 anthem
America, meet Colt Jackson. He's a simple man, a country dude who loves his wife, hard work, freedom and ... weed. If you're on the fence about how to vote for Prop. 19, perhaps Colt's enthusiasm for all strains of marijuana, lovingly recounted Bob Dylan-style toward the end, will sway you -- or not. Pop & Hiss, ahem, has no stakes in the matter.
Proposition 19, for those who don't know, would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow in a space of up to 25 square feet, certainly enough for Jackson (who may or may not be real), his lovely wife and all their friends. It also allows cities and counties to legalize commercial cultivation and retail sales and impose taxes.
Directed by Angelenos Matt Thiesen and David Stanbra (Disclosure: Thiesen is a friend of this writer), "American Made" seems to dream about a certain future, one in which the working-class cowboys of the Southern and Midwestern states could find themselves lining up for a baggie of Purple Kush or AK-47.
But, in the interest of balance, we also offer you this rebuttal from Merle Haggard, in case you want to keep America square and free of the long-hairs.
-- Margaret Wappler