From Filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, Weed the People, Could Not be More Timely

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An award-winning documentary about health equity and the booming green economy will challenge everything you might have know about cannabis

January 25, 2019 — Medical marijuana has the potential to save lives, but existing legislation prohibits millions of Americans from experiencing the life changing benefits of cannabis as a cancer treatment. From filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, this look beyond politics and propaganda reveals the brave stories of ordinary families who are exploring the benefits of medical marijuana to save the lives of their most previous loved ones – their children.  

Weed The People challenges our notions of what defines a drug versus a medicine. We all have the right to access natural medicines that are potentially life-saving. These are basic human rights that institutions should not have the power to take away,” says Executive Producer, Ricki Lake.

 Our film could not be more timely as health equity and the green economy become critical issues in 2019. We believe the documentary's important educational message could have a huge impact in the national debate,” adds Director, Abby Epstein.

Now Available to own on digital download

The film made its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2018 and opened in theaters in October to rave reviews (100% on Rotten Tomato). It is now available to own on digital download from numerous platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, and more, and on February 5, it will be available to rent.

Ricki Lake: Emmy Award-winning television host Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her graciously candid sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. The world first met Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ film “Hairspray.” Lake’s legacy and perhaps her greatest love is her role as independent filmmaker. She has channeled her nurturing spirit and drive for social change into passion projects that are altering the way society views birth, breastfeeding, childhood obesity, birth control and now medical cannabis.

Abby Epstein: Abby made her film directing debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the documentary, Until the Violence Stops, featuring Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Salma Hayek and Rosie Perez. Until the Violence Stops premiered on Lifetime Television and received an Emmy and a Gracie Allen Award. Prior to her film work Abby directed theater, helming National Tours and international premieres of RENT and “The Vagina Monologues.”

Ricki and Abby’s award winning, critically acclaimed documentary “The Business of Being Born” debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. With over 5 million+ views, an online community of over 100,000, and more than 10 million press imprints, it is often hailed as the “must see” film among mothers-to-be. Under their joint venture BOBB Films they served as Executive Producers for "Breastmilk" and "The Mama Sherpas," and are working on "Sweetening the Pill."

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