National Geographic "American Weed" Series Premiering Tonight

The Family Business: The Stanley brothers inspect young crops at their medical marijuana growhouse. (Steve Schrenzel / NGT)
The new National Geographic series "American Weed," exploring the Colorado's booming medical marijuana industry and the pushback, premieres tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT. Watch, then come back here to the Speakeasy and let us know what you think.

More info on "American Weed" is online at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-weed/. A series of video previews is online here, or can be viewed below on this page.

Here's the announcement NatGeo emailed us this morning:
 

American Weed
 
Premieres Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT
 

All-new series American Weed finds Colorado medical marijuana businesses under scrutiny and facing mounting pressures from local residents. Medical cannabis entrepreneur and Fort Collins dispensary owner Josh Stanley works aggressively to counter such pressure with radio ads and fundraisers. As the oldest of 11 kids, Josh relies heavily on several of his brothers to work at the grove and keep his business supplied in medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Sgt. Jim Gerhardt and fellow officers on the North Metro Task Force continue to find illegal grows by residents claiming to be growing medical marijuana. Is the pendulum swinging back to curb the 10-year proliferation of medical marijuana in Colorado?

 

American Weed: Marijuana Drama

Premieres Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Fort Collins dispensary owner Dawn Clifford and her husband, John, are facing the possibility of their business being shut down due to a proposed marijuana dispensaries ban.  If it happens, all owners are on the chopping block, and hundreds of patients will be left in the cold. The Stanley brothers are growing their medicinal marijuana to sell at their dispensaries throughout the state.  But the guys face a problem: their $250,000 crop must be moved before the plants outgrow the space and the crop is lost. Meanwhile, Scoot Crandall is rounding up votes to stop Fort Collins from being what he calls the “pot capital of Northern Colorado.” And Sgt. Jim Gerhardt discovers marijuana is growing in a suburban neighborhood within reach of children — who have picked leaves and taken them to school.

 

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Whose perspective is this shown from?

Here you go..  a TV entertainment "program" , brought to you from the National Geographic channel.  Ask yourself, whose perspective is this being sold to you? Are they going to show you medical Cannabis in an honest light?   Remember, this is the channel that produced a program "debunking all nine eleven conspiracy theories"  without even mentioning the words World Trade center Building Seven..  Think about it, and do your homework.

marijuana reform

National Geographic likes to show people any negative aspects they can find about any illegal drug such as how illegal drugs like cocaine or marijuana works on the brain, yet they won't make a program showing people how drugs like hydrocodone or other prescription drugs works on not just the brain but the entire body. National Geographic also won't make a program showing the positive aspects of how marijuana reduces pain for many ailments in the body, or how it relaxes people in stressful situations. They only want to show you their's and the govenments perspective on these so-called illicit drugs. I wish they (National Geographic) would actually have the courage to do interviews with MD's who have prescribed marijuana to their patients,and show how their patients have improved from the use of marijuana. Instead of just trying to push the government's opinion about marijuana onto the viewers. National Geographic has some interesting programs about animals and different places in the world, but I have lost a lot of respect for their channel by their bias in showing only negative perceptions about certain drugs that the government does not approve of.

MMJ

I have to agree with the question of who's perspective is being sold to you. I would have liked to see more people who rely on MMJ speak to the benefits for their illness as well as the physicians as well. My mother is a Ft Collins patient with cancer who has to travel quite a way to get her medicines.

I will say this, the movement to legalize M needs a marketing makeover. 

MMJ

To Marijuana Reform:  I have seen several shows on NatGeo that talk about how oyxcodone is the number one abused drug in this country.  Watch the channel before you trash it.  They also show how MMJ does help.  I live in Colorado and love having my red card.  I think they have shown the industry in a positive light in terms of the patients but they have used over inflated crime stats.  The cops on the show lie...Best of luck guys and I'll keep living the dream out here:)

Dress for success

Watched the episode where John goes to the state capital to lobby. Major flaw. He looked like a "hippy". You want to lobby 50+ year old male politicians. - cut the hair - buy a dark business suit and conservative tie - buy nice pair of black leather dress shoes, the flip flops at the state capital probably wasn't the best choice. Good luck with your cause. It is a noble one.

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