(N.Morgan) Weed The People is a new medical documentary about the use of cannabis in the treatment of children with Cancer. A long over due look into the lives of the parents who have to come to such desperate decisions, all in the hopes of saving their children’s’ lives.What would you do to end your child’s suffering? Wouldn’t you as a parent, do anything to relieve their pain? Many people are still ignorant and uneducated about the miracles that cannabis and marijuana hold for people who are terminally ill as well as chronically ill. It can mean the difference between life and death, in some cases.
A film about Weed?
Not Quite. Filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake take an unflinching look at the underground world of herbal medicine, where patients become experts on their own conditions and spend thousands of dollars on federally illegal medicines that are concocted in suburban kitchens. Nowhere is this phenomenon more compelling than in the treatment of children, whose parents will stop at nothing to help them. “Weed the People” looks beyond pot-activist propaganda and politics to reveal the legitimate science behind cannabis medicine and the compelling stories of ordinary people whose lives are inescapably caught up in the controversy.
In July 2013 new parents Tracy and Josh Ryan received the devastating news that their 7-month-old baby Sophie had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctors prescribed chemotherapy as the only course of treatment, but could not guarantee it would work. Tracy Ryan felt intuitively that western medicine alone would not be enough to save her daughter. After intensive research, the Ryans began Sophie on a regimen of medicinal cannabis oils, hoping for a miracle. Eighteen months later doctors cannot believe the results.