WEED THE PEOPLE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Don’t let the facile title put you off: Weed the People is a smart and vitally important documentary look at medical marijuana, how it is helping real Americans right now even though it’s illegal in most states, and why Big Pharma has ignored its healing properties.

Director Abby Epstein — whose last film was 2008’s The Business of Being Born, about the unnecessary overmedicalization of childbirth in the United States — introduces us to children with aggressive cancers and the parents who are desperate to find cures for them, even if it means bending the law to do so. But cannabis treatments are no snake oil: even these kids’ oncologists agree here that medical marijuana — which in these cases isn’t smoked but consumed in very small quantities via oil-based tinctures — cannot hurt and really does seem to help. Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).