A new documentary called Weed the People is hoping to give people new insight into medical cannabis and the people who use it. The documentary, produced by former talk show host Ricki Lake, follows the lives of several families who are currently using cannabis for medicinal purposes. The film hopes to show cannabis in a new light, as part of an effective medical treatment, with the intent of further swaying public support towards cannabis legalization.
One of the subjects of the film is a family with a child suffering from cancer, currently undergoing chemotherapy. The family began experimenting with treating their child’s cancer with cannabis. In the trailer, which you can watch here, we are introduced to one of the families. The mother of one of one of the children undergoing treatment said, “When your kid’s got cancer, the rulebook goes out the window. I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t explore everything that there was.”
The film also goes into great detail about the conundrum that scientists face when attempting to research cannabis. Since cannabis is a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use”, this makes researching it pretty much impossible. This of course makes it exceedingly difficult to conduct reasearch on cannabis, thus showing that there are indeed medical benefits. This would then make a stronger case for at the very least moving cannabis to Schedule II.
All in all, the documentary looks pretty promising. I certainly plan on checking it out. Weed the People will be among one of the films shown at SXSW this year. If you’re attending, you should definitely check it out!
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