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Nat Geo sparking up “Weed” series

American Weed will examine the world of legal medical marijuana in Colorado, from the perspectives of both the entrepreneurs opening dispensaries, and those proposing bans to shut them down.
February 3, 2012

(Photo: Drew Olberholtzer/NGT)

National Geographic Channel will premiere American Weed, a series delving into the world of growing and selling medical marijuana in Colorado, on February 22.

The series, produced by National Geographic Television, will examine both sides of the legal marijuana divide in the state – from those who grow and sell the pot through dispensaries, to those proposing bans on medical marijuana businesses in various communities.

In the U.S., 16 states, as well as the District of Columbia, permit some form of legalized medical marijuana, but Colorado is the only state that allows marijuana businesses to operate for profit. The number of patients requesting medical marijuana has risen substantially, from a couple of thousand in recent years to 127,000 in 2011, according to Nat Geo.

The senior producer of American Weed is Brian Breger for National Geographic Television. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kim Woodard.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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