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If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it looks like to run a cannabis dispensary – from the day-to-day operations, to the governmental challenges, to the people who run the business – look no further than Weed Wars.
Weed Wars is a four-episode documentary television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2011 and (surprise!) is FINALLY available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. It features Oakland, California’s Harborside Health Center, which is the world’s largest non-profit medical marijuana dispensary. Harborside is a collective that offers its 128,000 registered patients complimentary holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine, free delivery and education.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Harborside Steve DeAngelo walks viewers through the day-to-day operations of the dispensary as well as the larger struggles they face in an environment where medical marijuana is federally illegal. Despite IRS harassment and surrounding federal crackdowns, Harborside fights and continues to thrive. The staff are passionate, eclectic, and knowledgeable, and DeAngelo and co-founder Dave Wedding (“Dress”) promote a positive, feel-good environment for their patients.
Not only does Weed Wars reflect the constant tension between state and federal cannabis law, but it also sheds important, compassionate light on the patients, who need and appreciate Harborside’s efforts to ease their pain and anxiety through the means of medical marijuana.
We highly recommend this mini-series! And for more information about Harborside, visit their website.
“Anyone who has ever bought pot in a cloudy Baggie or a wad of tinfoil…will be impressed by the modern face of marijuana retailing as portrayed in the new Discovery Channel program Weed Wars.” – The New York Times
“A well-crafted, behind-the-scenes look at California’s largest marijuana dispensary, Weed Wars is sure to spark further debate about medical cannabis, if not the outright legalization of pot in America.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“If half the battle in reality TV is unearthing colorful characters, Weed Wars already looks like a winner.” – Variety
Glancing at the cover of the documentary Super High Me, you might think Morgan Spurlock just went from McDonald’s to marijuana. But no, Super High Me is the brainchild of Doug Benson, a stand-up comedian and cannabis lover. It’s also our pick for your weekend Netflix movie. It’s easy! It’s streaming! It’s educational! You’ll love it.
Released on 4/20 in 2007, Super High Me features Benson, who is a regular toker, going cold turkey for thirty days, then smoking non-stop for another thirty days. During each thirty day period, he completes various tasks to document his mental and physical health. He then compares the test results to analyze the effects of his marijuana use.
Benson also conducts interviews throughout the film to gain other perspectives on marijuana use, including marijuana activists, dispensary owners, politicians, and patients with medical marijuana prescriptions.
We won’t spoil anything for you if you haven’t already seen the film…maybe you can guess what conclusions Benson draws, or maybe you’ll be surprised. A few things to keep in mind as you watch – yes, the film is clearly low-budget. Don’t let that turn you off! Also, Benson was completely legal and safe while filming, and he didn’t drive at all during his “high” thirty days.
Some critics think Super High Me is biased, just a film that makes stoners feel better about themselves, but we found the conclusions to be pretty irrefutable! Check it out and let us know what you think.