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Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay was clearly doing the wrong crime. The global drug trade is a multi-billion-dollar industry that continues to grow, and now you can learn the secrets of this entrepreneurial enterprise in How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a provocative new documentary from director Matthew Cooke. From street-level slinger to international cartel boss, the film spells out how to get ahead by getting people high, and it does so without ever feeling like the kind of preachy, dull lecture on drug policy you might find on public television.

"It’s engaging, knows how to be a little flashy and fun,” promises Keith Garcia, programming manager for the Denver Film Society. “It’s also kind of an instruction manual, in a sense: Here are the people you want to avoid, here are the people you want to hang out with. It’s kind of tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time, it’s showing you the reality of all that stuff.”

How to Make Money Selling Drugs opens tonight at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. To add an extra dimension to the film’s opening night, Art Way, Colorado’s senior drug-policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, will be on hand for a special post-screening Q&A. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For more information, visit
Fri., July 5, 2013


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