Graphic artist Haik Hoisington's cartoon, "The Flower," embodies almost every aspect of the War on Drugs, particularly the prohibition of marijuana.
The cartoon, only 3 1/2 minutes long, follows the story of a community that is persecuted for its use of a special flower and essentially depicts a society where marijuana use is legal.
The issue has garnered a lot of controversy, especially in California, where this fall voters will head to the polls to vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalize the sale of cannabis in the state. It is estimated that 52 percent of voters are in support of the measure and other similar initiative are expected to pop up on ballots in other states.
Hoisington described the cartoon:
The Flower contrasts a utopian society that freely farms and consumes a pleasure giving flower with a society where the same flower is illegal and its consumption is prohibited. The animation is a meditation on the social and economic costs of marijuana prohibition.