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FILM: Weed the People

Showtimes: Wednesday, December 12
$12 public | $10 members

This special screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with Dr Uma Dhanabalan - MD, MPH, FAAFP

Filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake explore the medical use of cannabis in the treatment of children with cancer.

Cannabis has been off - limits to doctors and researchers in the US for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti - cancer properties. Armed with only these laboratory studies, desperate parents obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from childhood cancers. “Weed the People” follows these families through uncharted waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it?

Audience Award Winner - Nashville Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Rock Mountain Women's Film Festival 2018
World Premiere - SXSW 2018 Film Festival
Official Selection - Spirit Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - Mill Valley Film Festival 2018

Rating: TBC
Director: Abby Epstein
Starring: N/A
Release Date:
 Nov 2 2018
Runtime: 97 mins
Format: Digital Cinema Package DCP, Dolby 5.1 surround
Language: English

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MRO is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist and Medical Review Officer.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Rutgers University and Medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. She completed a Family Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina and then her Master’s in Public Health and Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency and Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston Massachusetts. She is also Certified by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council.

She has received awards from the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine for her research project: “Occupational & Environmental Exposure to Lead in South India”, from The 7th World Ayurveda Conference & Arogya Expo for her presentation “Cannabis & The Therapeutic Uses" and the Educational Achievement Award presented by Clover Leaf at Cannabis Business Award 2017

She is the Founder/CEO for Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC established in 2006, with a mission to promote wellness and prevent illness. She worked for Kimberly Clark as Regional Medical Director for Asia Pacific She worked for the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, the largest and most complex cleanup projects in the world, where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb detonated in Japan.

She created the TotalHealthCareTHC™ model where she “Educates Embraces Empowers” patients and promotes cannabis as a treatment option at Uplifting Health and Wellness, in Natick, Massachusetts. She is an advocate, activist and educator and speaks globally about cannabis as a plant medicine. Her mission is to change the Stigma regarding Cannabis and for the world to know about the Endocannabinoid system through education.

Dr Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is not for everyone, yet it should be a first line option not the last resort” and “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals, narcotics and alcohol.”