Streaming giant Netflix has purchased the rights to “Highland,” a documentary series produced by Coconut TV about marijuana in Thailand. The series is directed by William Mitchell.
The show covers marijuana culture in Thailand, highlighting legalization efforts that have grown in recent years. Cannabis has been grown and used in Southeast Asia for centuries, but its demand as a recreational substance wasn’t prevalent until the 1960’s, when war brought thousands of US soldiers to Southeast Asia. The series covers this history and the influence of US drug policy on Thailand.
A recent poll showed that 80 percent of respondents favored legalizing marijuana. The Minister of Justice Gen Paiboon Koomchaya has suggested removing marijuana from its list of prohibited drugs and legalizing it as a “household herbal plant,” but conservative groups and religious organizations are still against legalization, believing that drug use has moral implications.
This is the second show that Netflix has picked up that covers cannabis culture. “Disjointed” was released earlier this month, which depicts a marijuana dispensary owner and her experience as a cannabis advocate. In comparison, “Highland” promises to take a more serious look at marijuana legalization.
The show has a docuseries-type style that has become popular by a newer audience that prefers to stream television content.