Former TV host and Hairspray star, Ricki Lake, has become a surprising cannabis advocate, announcing she is working with Abby Epstein in creating a documentary on medical marijuana. 

Entitled “Weed the People,” the focus of the film will be the families of sick children who have moved to Colorado having been profoundly affected by having access to high-cannabidiol (CBD) strains of cannabis known to treat serious illnesses such as epilepsy and brain tumors. 

From the film’s website: 

"CBD, a powerful antioxidant, does not produce the psychotropic effects of THC. CBD shows a unique ability to kill cancer cells in early laboratory tests. In 2003, the United States government filed a patent on CBD as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant useful in the treatment of disease. Yet this same government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with "no currently accepted medical use," preventing doctors from studying it. The government's hypocritical position on CBD leaves patients in unchartered waters, as they experimentally use an unregulated medicine that may be saving their lives."

Lake, who was never a cannabis smoker and in fact feared the drug had a high potential for abuse, changed her tune when she got involved with this project.

“Recently,” she says, “I’ve found myself meeting with growers in Santa Cruz, California, attending Drug Policy conferences in Washington, D.C., and hanging out with Snoop Dogg at “420″ celebrations... How can a 6-year-old have an open-ended prescription for the poppy-derived, strong narcotic pain reliever, Oxycodone, but not have access to a gentler, non-addictive alternative like cannabis oil? If there are any hidden tools in the fight against disease, we need to bring them out in the open and put them through a rigorous scientific process,” says Lake.

The film is still seeking funding. 

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