2013, Drugs  -   74 Comments
Ratings: 8.50/10 from 255 users.

Marijuana has moved out of the back alleys and into the open. In some states it's legal to grow, to sell, to smoke and marijuana could be legalized in a city near you. But could pot actually be good for you? The journey begins in a small town home, nestled in the mountains, with the family who has never allowed TV cameras in before.

They live in Colorado, one of two states where it's legal to smoke pot medically and recreationally. Medical dispensaries are everywhere; people are smoking in private clubs and public festivals. Just decades ago marijuana was a legitimate medication also called cannabis, prescribed by doctors and dispensed by pharmacies, but that all changed in 1930. For Harry Anslinger, the United States first drug czar, public enemy number one, you guessed it, was marijuana.

He got the anti marijuana message out through news reports and then came the film Reefer Madness portraying the users of marijuana as unproductive, and crazed. Marijuana then became illegal in 1937 and by 1970 it was a Schedule I controlled substance. The government was saying it had no medicinal value and had a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is made up of two ingredients: THC which is the psychoactive part that makes you high, and CBD, also called cannabidiol, that scientists think it modulates the electrical and chemical activity in the brain.

"Medical marijuana is not new, and the medical community has been writing about it for a long time. There were in fact hundreds of journal articles, mostly documenting the benefits. Most of those papers, however, were written between the years 1840 and 1930. The papers described the use of medical marijuana to treat neuralgia, convulsive disorders, emaciation, among other things."

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Genghis khan
3 years ago

Alcohol is the best gateway drug. It also kills tens of thousands when combined with opiates, fentanyl, pain meds, adderall, and most big pharma pills.

Daniel zacha
4 years ago

For me marijuana was a gateway drug, its effects I believe made me lackadaisical and complacent in life , I wish id never had tried it. Now if I smoke it makes me focus on my back pain and not a distraction to it as many believe, but this is one person's reaction to this drug, I believe its helps many people with all kinds of issues. GOOD LUCK !!

5 years ago

Hi, I'm from the actual weed country and I really liked to see how marijuana can help people in pain. Especially the little girl. It was interesting to learn that there are different matters in this drug. Cannabis is pretty cool tho

5 years ago

Legalize it America <3

6 years ago

If your particular government DID legalize ( and I can see it happening....maybe! ) the tax they put on it would secure them millions. Bringing weed out into the open and legal would see the end of Dealers on the street corners, help thousands of cancer patients and others in pain etc...Yes, I dont know it all, I've smoked it and can honestly say I have never been violent or aggressive , I have never threatened anybody...I am no " Holier Than Thou" person, just mentioning personal facts.

6 years ago


jim jones
7 years ago

Making grass legal reduces the demand for Mexican pot... sounds good, right? wrong... now they produce heroin for the us... unintended consequences... something the libs never consider...¨if it feels good, do it.

9 years ago

Hard hitting documentary. erach and everyone on the planet should have access to marijuana for it's medicinal benefits.

9 years ago

"You can't spell healthcare without THC"
seen on facebook

Vin LoPresti
9 years ago

I have myoclonus (severe painful spasms) in my shoulder & base of skull (read: serious headaches) secondary to a stroke, years ago. CBD is a HUGE help. I wish I could get the Colorado strain that's 15% CBD; locally available ones are only about 5%. Anyone who disses medical cannabis after watching Charlotte's story is closed-minded, at best. Wake up!! Yeah, I'm all for keeping it away from kids under 18. I didn't initially smoke until I was 20, but then, as an adult in my 40s and 50s, I was forbidden to use it by my US govt. contract employer. 12 bloody years of spasms and pain without CBD's help, until I quit my job & got onto a state medical cannabis program. Thanks a lot, USA (facetiously); Genuine thanks to the state of NM.

9 years ago

Grow your own meds while you watch - weedsthatplease com -

Bogdan Gherghel
9 years ago

Admin, will you move all the cannabis documentaries from the "Drugs" category into "Health" category? Please?

9 years ago

Bullcrap ... Thai stick was produced in the 70's and it was way more than 1%
Get your facts straight !

banished jester
9 years ago

In truth this is nothing more than public relations BS. The benefits of cannabis have been documented for far longer than anyone able to read this has been alive. There have been numerous studies acknowledging the fact that marijuana use is no threat to society. Perhaps the most infamous of all was the 1944 LaGuardia Commission Report. It was done directly as a response to concerns over pot caused by "Reefer Madness" hysteria. Of course the public was never important enough to inform them of the results on a massive scale. CNN's current stunt is to make like they never knew anything about the subject and have only recently begun to dig into the matter. Complete B.S.
DO NOT let this crap fool you. The people who continue to perpetrate the despicable crimes of prohibition have to be held to account for their century long unjust warfare against the people who use nature to its utmost benefit. The agencies and individuals responsible for prohibition have so much blood on their hands it hardly matters anymore. The first thing that needs to be done is to STOP the tyranny madness and then dismantle the remainder of government piece by piece and fast. Until that happens we will find no success in begging for freedom from the master that beats us; and rapes us; and tortures us; and murders us; and taxes us; and undermines us; and forces us to pay for that slavery. Pure B.S.

Kansas Devil
9 years ago

I wonder just how dedicated these growers are to the medical aspects of marijuana when most of them seem to focus most of their effort on producing varieties that is more attractive for the psychotropic effect.
This documentary should embarrass them when they see what the non-narcotic chemical in marijuana can do to give life to a little girl.
The love of money clouded their morals just like the love of fear over marijuana clouds the thinking of US health agencies.

Abdul KSA
9 years ago

It seems that Charlotte's parents tried everything except prayer.There are recommended prays in the Glorious Quran that are very powerful in warding off Jinn (evil spirit)possession.Any intoxicant cannot be used as a cure for an illness.Beware, the shaytan(satan) is very,very slick.

Roger Rocker
9 years ago

Charlotte's father said it well, 'it seems to build her brain'.

That is exactly what marijuana does and that is why it has been suppressed for over three generations.

Stack On

Brad Lancaster
9 years ago

all old news, but we need the money, not just the private sector! lots of fly by nights go in to simple franchise and real estate developments to jump into big credit. if you think this sate of ignorance is helping the economy your falling behind. its a free market and every things up for grabs. eventually what is on sale is too much and one person or just a few have every thing. nature of the beast the pig swells up till it can't fight any more, we civilization kill them and start over again. It's going bust naturally, we've won the war on drugs. ID check your kids before you sell them drugs SIR! that's the front line of keeping kids off drugs, give them to adults, and be one when your off them for a change

Samuel Morrissey
9 years ago

The irony now is that more than any other group, the people in our developed counties who either import or grow for profit, the dealers below them and so on absolutely do NOT want it to be legalised as it will destroy their inflated income. Tobacco is made artificially expensive with tax, yet you can still buy 25 grams for under £10 - weed is currently retailing on the black market at £10 per gram, with none of the usual variation between rural and urban areas. If everyone is allowed to grow their own, its monetary value will plummet.

The politicians couldn't give a flying fig one way or another, for them it's about courting the electorate and since 75%+ of the 20-30% of people who vote are firmly entrenched in the 'drugs r bad mmk' lines it's a no brainer to predict which way they will lean. I guarantee that the UK will be the last nation on Earth to legalise weed for recreation, as a subtle form of fascism swept away the last traces of democracy in these lands before I was born. Don't worry, we're working on it... but we will lag behind as we do in nearly every progressive thing. I swear one day Britain will be a museum of ancient Europe, not through choice but simply not moving with the times (and in many cases moving directly against the times)

Paul Gloor
9 years ago

Let's not delude ourselves here.. Weed is a recreational drug, it happens to have medicinal benefits. That's the long and short of the whole argument.
I'm in favor of it, it creates pacifists, it helps people with pain and cancer and a host of other problems and it makes you feel good. How can it be as terrible as cigarettes and alcohol ?

9 years ago

Another counterpoint to those trying to convince people that "when you can just get it "round the corner" legally, more people will use it": It is and has always been already available "around the corner" anyway, if you are blind to that, then you do not know what you are talking about, so anyone might as well go buy it legally without the burden this "war on drug" policy has brought upon the very people it was supposed to protect... xcuse me for trollin, but, *itches please... liston to reason and f a c t s...

9 years ago

I'm glad it helped that little girl.

9 years ago

I kind of like it being illegal? I mean either way.

9 years ago

imagine if we all started to shoot heroin!.. just saying

9 years ago

Imagine what CBD can do to a person who is well already.

9 years ago

Can you imagine a world where marijuana was legal? ... "And I think to myself; what a wonderful world."

Cannabis: Yes please!