In the ongoing fight for D.C. statehood, the battle against cannabis prohibition has become a key player. “Higher Power,” a new documentary directed by Dewey A. Ortiz, Jr., explores the complex interplay between these issues and their impact on D.C.’s Black communities.
The film showcases these communities’ remarkable resilience and spirit, which have faced continued disenfranchisement and repression. It also serves as a powerful advocate for the 700,000 U.S. citizens left voiceless when Congress overturned the cannabis ballot initiative supported by 70% of D.C. voters.
Despite the controversial decision, recreational cannabis use and home cultivation remain legal in D.C., leading to a thriving market catering to cannabis consumers and those seeking financial opportunities. “Higher Power” exposes this gray area and puts forth a clear solution: Grant statehood to D.C., once and for all.
The film channels the inspiring stories of Black Washingtonians battling to break into the legal cannabis industry while advocating for the urgent necessity of statehood. It is set to premiere on April 19th at the Landmark’s E Street Cinema in the heart of the nation’s capital.
“Higher Power” is a thought-provoking documentary that reveals the soul behind the struggle for autonomy in Washington, D.C. It sheds light on the surprising intersection of cannabis legalization and D.C. statehood and highlights the urgent need for change.