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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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