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Weed the People


“Weed the People” (2018) is a documentary on Cannabis, Cancer, and Government Regulations. Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and medical researchers in the US for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties. Armed with only these laboratory studies, desperate parents obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from childhood cancers. “Weed the People” follows these families through uncharted waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it?


    Weed the People succeeds in pounding a drum that is loud enough for the deafest of ears to hear the plea for the plight of the little ones who suffer or go unseen – unless, fortunate enough to have a parent/parents with resources.
    This documentary forces us to examine what we might do if our child were given a death sentence and the only option directed by a physician were outdated treatment plans.
    E.M. Fredric
  • Movie Nation
    Roger Moore’s 3 out of 4 stars review : “ brilliantly rebrands a fight that is very blue state/red state hit-or-miss in a deeply divided America. That unkempt college kid standing outside your polling place, pleading for legalized marijuana, isn’t going to convince many.
    That mother holding her cancer-ridden baby, comforting her dying teen or weeping with joy at the life “the demon weed” gave her child will.”
    Roger Moore
  • Bustle
    Weed the People will challenge everything you knew about medical marijuana.
    Casey Cipriani
    Yet, even as medical use of marijuana becomes more widespread, "Weed the People" sheds light on the everyday struggles of some families who risk legal implications to save their children's lives.
    (Reena Ninan’s interview with Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake pegged to the film)
    Brandi Kellam
  • LA Times
    Weed the People is director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake’s timely and compelling documentary about using cannabis oil as an alternative medicine for children with cancer.
    Kimber Myers
    Gary M. Kramer’s interview with Ricki Lake pegged to the film ran with artwork
    Gary Kramer
    Lauren Cox’s interview with Ricki Lake pegged to the film ran with artwork and the trailer
    Lauren Cox
  • Kaplan VS Kaplan
    “WEED THE PEOPLE, a documentary by filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, is a shockingly informative expose of the medical uses for cannabis, better known as marijuana.”
    Jeanne Kaplan
  • Red Carpet Crash
    “Weed the People is an excellent documentary. It is entertaining, educational and moving.”
    James Lindorf
    “More research is needed to learn about the potential effects and limitations of cannabis-derived medicines for both adult and pediatric cancers. As the families and experts in Weed the People see it, this lack of evidence is precisely the problem — and it’s exacerbated by current regulations around medical marijuana.”
    Jamie Ducharme

Festival Participation

  • SXSW - 2018
    Grand Jury Award Nominee
  • SXSW - 2018
    Chicken & Egg Award Nominee
  • Nashville Film Festival - 2018
    Audience Award Winner
  • Nashville Film Festival - 2018
    Best Documentary Feature Nominee
  • Mill Valley Film Festival - 2018
  • Heartland Film Festival - 2018
  • Rocky Mountain Women’s Festival - 2018
  • Spirit Film Festival - 2018

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