‘Weed the People:’ Marijuana for Those Who Need It Most

“Weed the People,” a documentary from director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake, is all about the tension between the medical cannabis industry and the existing federal legislation that prohibits the full exploration of the plant’s efficacy. Although 33 states, four U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have passed laws that allow qualified patients to use marijuana to treat various conditions, there are still lots of states where people don’t have any legal access to a treatment that could save their lives.

The passion project, which was six years in the making, seeks to answer a central question that many people in the medical cannabis industry wonder:  If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it? It’s a tug-of-war between

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