Documentary To Educate About Medical Marijuana

Documentary To Educate About Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 10, 2007 at 10:22:47 PT
By Codell Rodriguez, The Southern
Source: Southern Illinoisan
Carbondale, IL -- If there's one thing Jed Riffe can't stand, it's the media's handling of the subject of medicinal marijuana.Riffe said the subject he takes very seriously is treated as tongue-in-cheek with many news outlets. Because he didn't see anyone else taking it seriously, Riffe made a documentary on the subject.
"Waiting to Inhale" will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center.The film follows patients who use marijuana to help with their illness and parents who have lost their children to addiction. Riffe said it was important to show both sides of the argument because it makes a better film and richer learning experience."In terms of film storytelling, you need drama and conflict. And, out of drama and conflict, we can learn," Riffe said.The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Riffe; Christopher Fichtner, former director of mental health with the Illinois Department of Human Services and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at University of Chicago; and Gretchen Steele, a registered nurse, multiple sclerosis patient and medical marijuana advocate from Coulterville."The film's a good way of getting a discussion going," said Dan Bernath, assistant director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.As a former member of an AIDS foundation, Riffe said he has seen how it can tone down the pain people with serious illness must deal with. He said the film looks at this seriously and the patients are not using the marijuana for recreation."A couple of the people don't like to get high, so it was an unpleasant side effect," Riffe said.Bernath said people should see the film to get a better understanding of the issue."I'm not sure people understand how urgent this is," Bernath said. "There are real people suffering right now and we can alleviate that suffering by legalizing medical marijuana."Source: Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL)Author: Codell Rodriguez, The SouthernPublished: November 9, 2007Copyright: 2007 Southern IllinoisanContact:  letters TheSouthern.comWebsite: Policy Project To Inhale Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on November 12, 2007 at 18:44:51 PT
Medical Marijuana Poll and Video
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Comment #8 posted by Dankhank on November 11, 2007 at 10:54:16 PT
Veteran's Day
Thanks to all veterans and their support for defending us from "enemies" foreign, domestic and imagined.This song was on the radio when I was in Basic Training, having just been drafted for that little dustup in VietNam. lucky men/women we wuz
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Comment #7 posted by Dankhank on November 11, 2007 at 10:43:45 PT
links ...
great links this morning ... thanx 
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Comment #6 posted by lombar on November 11, 2007 at 09:04:42 PT
Our society is like a skinner box for some
Research that is ignored by the establishment...----------------------------------------"We're bathed in this propaganda from childhood, and it's totally persuasive," he says. "It's so much easier to believe that the drug takes people away than that the very civilization we live in is making life miserable for everybody." 
Rat Trap
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 11, 2007 at 08:49:59 PT
I hope you have a very successful day! Good Luck!
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Comment #4 posted by fight_4_freedom on November 11, 2007 at 07:45:22 PT:
Mornin' Everyone
I'm planning on getting that movie one of these days. It looks like a must see. I also watched in Pot We Trust. I thought it was a pretty good film. Actually I think I ended up watching it a 3rd or 4th time with people who hadn't seen it.Well I'm headin' out to gather some sigs in a little while. Looks cold and rainy again. Hopefully some news pops up sooner or later.Here's a nice Sunday Song for C-News.Hope everyone has a beautiful day.
Calling All Angels
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 11, 2007 at 06:29:32 PT
Just a Note
I hope everyone has a nice day. I can't find news to post but I will keep looking. It really does get slow on the weekends anymore. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 10, 2007 at 16:16:53 PT
I bought the movie and then loaned it to friends and everyone really liked it. I liked most of In Pot We Trust but I didn't like it as much as Waiting To Inhale except I really liked the women in that movie and their story.
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Comment #1 posted by RevRayGreen on November 10, 2007 at 14:45:28 PT
I need to get
a screening in the state of Iowa, home of 2 of the 5 remaining Govt. IND patients.
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