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Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Billy Corben
Release Date: 28 February 2011
Movie rating: 6.4
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What is the movie Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja about?
In 1979, 87% of all marijuana seizures were made on the territory of South Florida. This was caused by the long coast line and proximity to Latin America and Caribbean. In 1970s-1980s South Florida has indeed become a pot paradise for smugglers. The movie shares three stories with the viewer: the Black Tuna Gang, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church and Everglades City. The Black Tuna Gang is a story of corruption and frame ups. Robert Platshorn has become a scapegoat of the failed Operation Banco – the first common FBI/DEA operation in US history. Platshorn was sentenced for 64 years when the average imprisonment time at that time varied from 3 to 7 years. He has become the longest serving non-violent prisoner in US history. The Zion Coptics – sect from Jamaica – have made cannabis a part of religion, their cult. Their philosophy consisted in the following: people created drugs and the God created weeds, consequently smoking ganja is ‘holy’. After National Park Service stopped commercial fishing in Everglades City, the used-to-be fishermen started marijuana smuggling in order to survive. At that time around 80% of male population was arrested for ‘cannabis businesses’. “Square Grouper” provides a colorful picture of the marijuana smuggling situation and culture in Miami in 1970s-1980s.
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James @ 26-Jun-2014 15:00 Report a spam

Helps show that the "war on drugs" is an absolute joke and a failure. Many of these non-violent offenders did decades of prison time for a PLANT THAT GROWS IN THE WILD. The first group of smugglers portrayed, Coptic Church, were letting the children smoke their weed and thus should have been prosecuted for this over anything else but overall, the remainder of the people were just ordinary folks with families that certainly did not deserve the treatment they received by a worthless government agency (DEA).

Greg @ 26-Jun-2014 14:59 Report a spam

I live in South Florida now and had heard of these days. The documentary was extremely interesting and reflects how very different those days of drug smuggling were than the violent, deadly world of today. It would appear to me that these guys got the shaft, and no one ever came to their rescue.

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