Weed The People

Weed The People

Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and 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?

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Abby Epstein



Director: Abby Epstein
Executive Producer: Ricki Lake
Producer: Sol Tryon, Giancarlo Canavesio
Cinematographer: Paulo Netto, Richard Pearce, Jenna Rosher
Editor: Molly Goldstein, Kristen Nutile, Christopher Seward
Sound Designer: Tom Gambale
Music: Simone Giuliani
Principal Cast: Bonnie Goldstein, MD, Mara Gordon, Alexander ("AJ") Kephart, Raphael Mechoulam, PhD, Adrian ("AJ") Peterson, Sophie Ryan, Tracy Ryan, Chico Ryder, Angela Smith, Cecilia von Harz
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Christian Evans, Associate Producer: Andrew Epstein, Associate Producer: Adam Vine, Associate Producer: Mikki Willis


Josh Braun
Public Film Contact
Sol Tryon
Weed The People LLC
Publicity Contact
Nathaniel Baruch
Sales Agent
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 97:32 mins