The acclaimed documentary "Weed the People" will be screened on Wednesday, November 14 at The Naro Cinema at 7:15PM.
"Weed the People" is filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake's 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.
The film is co-hosted with Virginia NORML, and is part of The Naro's documentary film series. Here is the event on Facebook.
There is a post-screening discussion with Virginia NORML’s executive director, Jenn Michelle Pedini. It will be led by The Naro's Tench Phillips, who recently penned this stirring essay about cannabis legalization in Virginia.
"If used with some reverence and respect, the plant teachings will expand one’s awareness and philosophical understanding of what it means to inhabit a human body along with revealing our connection to the earth and the web of life," wrote Phillips.
The Green Onion is supporting reform Wednesday night, too. When customers mention marijuana reform, The Green Onion will donate 20% of proceeds to Virginia NORML. They will be hosting a green happy hour prior to the film.
"Weed the People" has been well reviewed across the country. The L.A. Times called the film "an urgent cry for help. ...Abby Epstein’s moving documentary primarily devotes its time to five children and their families who are trying to survive using the alternative treatment."
“This film is an important conversation starter as the Commonwealth rolls out access to the first in-state produced medical cannabis products in 2019,” said Pedini. "Virginia families, like the families in this film, have long struggled to obtain and safely provide these life-saving medicines, and finally relief is on the horizon."
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