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Legalizing Weed: 5 Documentaries About Medical Marijuana

By    |   Sunday, 08 Nov 2015 04:00 PM

With the idea of marijuana as medicine gaining traction among the press, politicians, and the public, a number of documentary films, videos and TV shows have taken a look at multiple sides of legalizing weed for medical use.

Here are five programs about medical marijuana.

1. “Weed”
Narrated by CNN Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, it features the Figi family of Colorado, whose daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet Syndrome, characterized by seizures. The family credits treatment with cannabiniol, a compound in marijuana, with greatly reducing her seizures. Gupta cites the Figi story, together with the rest of his coverage that went into “Weed,” with changing his mind about medical marijuana. “Weed” eventually became a three-part series.

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2. “Medical Cannabis and its Impact on Human Health”
Sponsored by Americans for Safe Access, CBD Oil Review, Legal Cannabis Institute, and San Diego Herbal Alternatives, the documentary features interviews with physicians and researchers. The movie’s website touts the documentary: “This game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.” The full 47.5 minute documentary is viewable online, though its website asks for donor support and offers help arranging screenings.

3. “Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law”
This documentary focuses on the conflict over legalization of medical marijuana as the debate existed in 2010, from the patient’s point of view. Filmmakers interviewed patients who talked about the pain relief marijuana gave them, and examines claims the government resists studies of marijuana’s medical effectiveness. According to a summary on BerkeleyMedia.com, the film “takes the viewer from underground pot clubs to the United States Supreme Court, and from Israeli science labs to government-approved marijuana gardens outside London.”

4. “60 Minutes – Medical Pot: Will Colorado’s Green Rush Last?”
As Colorado prepared to legalize recreational marijuana use, the long-running TV news magazine “60 Minutes” did a segment on the political and economic ramifications of medical marijuana use in the state, home to what the news show called “the most developed medical marijuana industry in the country.”

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5. “Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom”
Though this documentary is more about marijuana use as a whole in Colorado, filmmakers talk to families who moved to Colorado “because that’s the only way to get drugs they feel represent a last and/or best hope for their children,” according to the description on YouTube.

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