California Chronicles of Medical Marijuana
This new documentary gives an overview and update of the legal and emotional battles California voters have fought in their efforts to decriminalize medical marijuana. It includes recent scientific studies, reported in reputable medical journals, that indicate new therapeutic uses for this ancient plant. The filmmakers draw on leading activists to describe both the problems and solutions available to those who feel the issue of safe access to medical cannabis must be resolved in favor of the patients to whom it is a life-saving remedy. There are interviews with a fighting district attorney, doctors who give cannabis recommendations, and advocates for legalization including representatives of organizations such as NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), ASA (Americans for Safe Access), and FAMM (Families against mandatory minimums). The film begins with a rousing speech by the legendary Brownie Mary at Berkeley's Peoples' Park. It then traces the development of the California movement to make marijuana available to patients for relieving the symptoms of many serious illnesses, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, various seizure disorders, and the nausea which most people experience when undergoing chemo or radiation for the treatment of cancer. Scenes from numerous historical hemp festivals, pot protests and smoke-ins are presented. Also included are scenes representing the opposition, such as cop busts and interviews with indignant citizens who say that many of the so-called patients are perfectly healthy as far as they can tell.Although the triumph of Proposition 215 made it possible for California residents to grow their own medicine and possess small amounts for personal use, the Federal government's refusal to honor this state law has created ongoing problems and uncertainties. This documentary hopes to help resolve these issues. It also seeks to redefine the image of the marijuana smoker in the eyes of the general public from that of the stoned slacker to that of responsible patient. The opening of legal cannabis dispensaries, or "pot clubs", is examined, and their advantages and disadvantages considered.
- DVD video
- 134.62 x 190.5 x 15.24mm | 45.36g
- 01 Feb 2007
- Regent Press
- United States