Through the emotional stories of children fighting cancer, Weed the People educates mainstream audiences about medical cannabis as a human rights issue. Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the U.S. for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties. Armed with only these scientific studies, desperate parents obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from childhood cancers. Weed the People follows these families through unchartered waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the hear of the film: if weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it?
Sponsored by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and presented by the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.
Directed by Abby Epstein and Produced by Ricki Lake
Guest speakers, Abby Epstein and Jill Fagan, cancer survivor and co-founder, NYC Botanics.
Running time: 97 minutes.