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Discovery, Discovery Fit & Health tackle “Weed Wars”

Braverman Productions is to tackle the controversial business of medicinal cannabis in non-fiction series Weed Wars (pictured), which simulcasts on U.S. networks Discovery Channel and Discovery Fit & Health starting tomorrow (December 1).
November 30, 2011

Braverman Productions is to tackle the controversial business of medicinal cannabis in non-fiction series Weed Wars (pictured), which simulcasts on U.S. networks Discovery Channel and Discovery Fit & Health starting tomorrow (December 1).

Weed Wars is set in Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medicinal marijuana dispensary, and follows Harborside’s founder and executive director Steve DeAngelo and staff as they serve patients. DeAngelo also works to educate the country about the full regulation and taxation of medicinal cannabis.

Over the course of the series, viewers will see the center dealing with the city council over a steep tax bill, some surprising clients, and the journey of the plant itself, from seed germination to harvesting. Weed Wars will show the growers and ‘patient farmers’ who provide the buds that will be bought and used by thousands of clients.

The entire four-week run of the series will be simulcast on both networks. Nancy Daniels, executive VP of production and development for Discovery Channel, said: “Weed Wars fearlessly documents the hot button issue of medicinal cannabis. During filming at Harborside, the series captures the real life drama and high stakes of the business as government scrutiny and audits threaten to shut down operations – you cannot get any more real than that.”

Chuck Braverman serves as executive producer for the prodco, and Cameo Wallace is exec producer for Discovery Channel.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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