Russell Brand's 2012 BBC documentary, From Addiction to Recovery, concluded with him giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Drawing on his own experience of drug taking and recovery, he advocated treating addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal problem and underlined his own belief that abstinence is the best way to help addicts. Since then the Committee has reported its findings, concluding that the British drugs laws were failing and that it was a 'now or never' moment to reform them. But British Prime Minister, David Cameron didn't agree, insisting that the drugs policy is working in Britain and that we should 'stick at it'.
With unprecedented access to both smugglers and law enforcement agencies, this is a unique insight into the global war on drugs. Peru has recently overtaken Colombia to become the biggest cocaine producer and smuggler in the world. Every day, huge quantities of the drugs are carried across international borders.
When California introduced medical marijuana laws in 1996 it sparked a chain reaction that led to 18 other states passing similar laws. Two states, Washington and Colorado, even legalised marijuana for recreational use. With a full legalisation vote due in 2016, California is now considered by many as the key battleground state in the national marijuana debate. A debate that has divided Americans for over fifty years. From the concrete jungles of LA to the remote isolation of Northern California, "California High" takes you on a journey through the eyes of growers, cops, politicians and ordinary Californians to get up close and personal with the issues. It shows for the first time how truly complex the situation is.