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ITV doc series explores pot legalization

ITV has commissioned UK-indie betty to make a three-part observational doc series exploring the legalization of marijuana. In Gone to Pot? (w/t), a group of well-known personalities, each with a desire to ...
March 28, 2017

ITV has commissioned UK-indie betty to make a three-part observational doc series exploring the legalization of marijuana.

In Gone to Pot? (w/t), a group of well-known personalities, each with a desire to find out more about medicinal marijuana, will go on a road trip to explore the pros and cons of legalization. The series will see them meet people who have experienced both the medical benefits and downsides of marijuana.

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform has recommended the legalized and regulated use of cannabis-related products for sufferers of a range of conditions. In the the U.S., medical cannabis is authorized for use in 28 states and in Europe 13 countries have introduced medical cannabis legalization. In Canada, the Liberal government plans to announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in by July 1, 2018.

The 3 x 60 series was commissioned by ITV’s head of factual Entertainment, Sue Murphy, and commissioning editor, factual entertainment, Kate Teckman. It was executive produced by Ceri Jones for betty.

“We’re delighted to be bringing the betty brand of popular factual to the ITV audience — and to a national conversation around the legalization of cannabis for medical use,”  said Neil Smith, joint MD with betty, in a statement. “The show will feature a group of familiar faces as they meet those who have experienced it first hand, lifting the lid on some very personal stories along the way and providing a balanced look at the pros and cons.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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