TruTV orders reality pilot on Colorado pot dispensary

The U.S. cable network has ordered a pilot for Medicine Man, a reality series about a family-run medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado.
October 17, 2014

U.S. cable network TruTV has ordered a pilot for a reality series about a family-run medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado.

Medicine Man (working title) takes place in and around the Medicine Man Marijuana Dispensary, a 40,000-square foot industrial plant in Denver that employs 75 people. The show stars 10 members of the Williams family, who own the operation and will show viewers that “the people at the center of the legal marijuana industry are a far cry from the stoner stereotypes,” according to the network.

Produced by Flame Ventures and Wilshire Studios, Medicine Man follows the family as they build a satellite outpost in Aurora, Colorado to take advantage of state laws allowing allowing citizens to grow, sell and consume marijuana.

“We’ve been in places and seen things that people would have been arrested for only a short while ago,” said executive producer Tony Krantz in a statement. “This is a moment in our nation’s history just like the end of prohibition, and we’re telling the story of one family at the center of all of it. This is a fascinating and timely story of a new American Dream.”

Flame Ventures’ Drew Comins is co-exec producing Medicine Man alongside Krantz.

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