A collection of the most important films and television programmes about cannabis.

This is provided as a service to the cause and the contribution and efforts of the film makers and participants are recognised and appreciated.


American Weed 2012

American Weed, the new series from National Geographic, finds Colorado medical marijuana businesses under scrutiny and facing mounting pressures from local residents. Medical cannabis entrepreneur and Fort Collins dispensary owner Josh Stanley works aggressively to counter such pressure with radio ads and fundraisers. As the oldest of 11 kids, Josh relies heavily on several of his brothers to work at the grove and keep his business supplied in medical marijuana. Meanwhile, Sgt. Jim Gerhardt and fellow officers on the North Metro Task Force continue to find illegal grows by residents claiming to be growing medical marijuana. Is the pendulum swinging back to curb the 10-year proliferation of medical marijuana in Colorado?

BOM – One Day Ahead Of Democracy

Fascinating documentary about the tiny Himalayan village of Malana, from where comes the world’s finest hashish.

The effects of prohibition, imposed on the villagers and their country by the Western world’s ‘war on drugs’ are terrible and quite ridiculous in the way they interfere with all aspects of life. Malana’s dramatic location and ancient customs and religion are imposed on by outsiders and exploited for the production of hydroelectric power.

While the film is in need of some ruthless editing, it provides an extraordinary insight into a culture and lifestyle so different from our own but that has embraced and appreciated cannabis since time immemorial.

Bringing Cannabis Back Into The Medicine Cabinet 2010

Professor Les Iversen delivers the Inaugural President’s Public Lecture during the British Pharmacological Society Winter Meeting, London 2010. He shows a film of his visit to GW Pharmaceuticals to see exactly how Sativex is made. This is a brilliant lecture from the chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the government’s chief drugs advisor.

Cannabis: What’s The Harm part 1 and part 2 2011

Part of the Dangerous Pleasures season on BBC3:

Part 1: ex-EastEnders star James Alexandrou was caught smoking cannabis by the tabloids when he left the soap. Now he wants to find out the truth about the most popular illegal drug in Britain. See the lengths people will go to get it and discover exactly where it comes from.

Part 2: James Alexandrou explores the hidden world of organised crime linked to the supply of cannabis in the UK, following a police drug squad and the UK Border Agency as they target gangs and smugglers. He meets the casualties of the drugs trade, including a 14-year-old addict who has convictions for burglary to fund his habit and a Vietnamese teenager smuggled into Britain by lorry to work in British cannabis farms to supply the huge demand.

Clearing The Smoke: The Science Of Cannabis 2011

MontanaPBS’s new documentary, Clearing the Smoke, reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer. Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis.

Emperor Of Hemp 1999

This documentary chronicles the life of Jack Herer author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Official Hemp Bible. He dedicated his life to educating people about the history and uses of hemp, the conspiracy against it, and ending marijuana prohibition.

Free Speech – Legalise Drugs? (2013)

BBC3 9th October 2013. Current affairs debate aimed at under 30?s in typical BBC 3 style. Features a contribution from CLEAR member Michael Fearnley and an amazing contribution from MP Dr Julian Huppert.

Hash In The Attic 2011

The growth of cannabis home growing – BBC Scotland

Horizon – Cannabis: The Evil Weed? 2009

BBC2. Cannabis, it’s merely a plant, a wild weed. But it produces a range of effects that is unmatched. To some, it’s a blissful release, while for others it’s something that seems to have unravelled their minds, and emptied their lives. This documentary tries to get to the bottom of the conflict, by asking the most basic questions about cannabis. Can it really cause schizophrenia? Can it lead you to take harder drugs? Or could cannabis even be good for you? The science is often so obscured by opinion, but what does the latest research reveal about the world’s favorite drug?

Horizon – Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy? 2008

BBC2. Recent research has analysed the link between the harmful effects of drugs relative to their current classification by law with some startling conclusions. Perhaps most startling of all is that alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B. The scientists involved, including members of the government’s top advisory committee on drug classification, have produced a rigorous assessment of the social and individual harm caused by 20 of the UK’s most dangerous drugs and believe this should form the basis of future ranking. They think the current ABC system is arbitrary and not based on any scientific evidence.

How Drugs Work – Cannabis 2011011

Part of the Dangerous Pleasures season on BBC Three. This series uses visual effects and CGI and, for the first time ever, takes the viewer on an entire trip from start to finish inside the human body. With testimony from people who enjoy using the drug, the programme reveals how cannabis takes over the inner workings of the brain, creating mind-warping and heart-racing effects. With exclusive access to cutting edge scientific research, it confronts the myths and controversies that surround cannabis, reveals whether it is addictive, if it destroys our memories and finds out if it can even lead to psychosis.

In Pot We Trust 2007

The medical use of marijuana is examined from every side of a very complex issue with this documentary that charts the suffering of four chronically ill patients whose reliance on the illegal drug as a pain killer is in jeopardy due to federal anti-narcotic legislation. Reform organizations, prohibitionist groups, politicians, drug war critics, scientists, and celebrities all get their say in this fascinating analysis.

Medical Marijuana Primer With Michael Backes 2011
A conversation with the brilliant Michael Backes, a Hollywood special effects consultant (films from Jurassic Park to Spider-Man 2) who also happens to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject of medicinal cannabis. If this is a topic that is of interest to you, you can be assured of finding what he says in this interview fascinating.

Medicinal Cannabis And Its Impact On Human Health 2011

In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis and its demonstrated effects on human health. This game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.

Our Prohibition

Prohibition 2011

By the mid-1920s, a great many people had become convinced that prohibition was a serious mistake. Al Smith, the Governor of New York, was unsuccessful in getting the Democratic nomination for President in 1924 but succeeded in 1928. Smith was adamant that as President, he would repeal the 18th Amendment. He was not successful in seeking the Presidency though the fact that he was a Roman Catholic likely had more to do with his defeat. While alcohol consumption continued to rise, nothing demonstrated the failure of prohibition as did the rise of organized crime and the man who became the poster boy for crime and bootlegging, Al Capone. Soon, Pauline Sabin organized a national movement to restore the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. By the time Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in 1932, beer was being sold and in less than a year, the 19th Amendment was repealed.

Reefer Madness 1936

Reefer Madness (originally released as Tell Your Children and sometimes titled as The Burning Question, Dope Addict, Doped Youth and Love Madness) is a well-known 1936 American propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try “marijuana” — from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness. The film was directed by Louis Gasnier and starred a cast composed of mostly unknown bit actors.

Run From The Cure 2008

After a serious head injury in 1997, Rick Simpson sought relief from his medical condition through the use of medicinal hemp oil. When Rick discovered that the hemp oil cured cancers and other illnesses, he tried to share it with as many people as he could free of charge – curing and controlling the illnesses of literally hundreds of people… but when the story went public, the long arm of the law snatched the medicine – leaving potentially thousands of people without their cancer treatments – and leaving Rick with unconstitutional charges of possessing and trafficking marijuana!

Should I Smoke Dope? 2008

Journalist Nicky Taylor travels to Amsterdam to investigate the growing debate about the legal classification of cannabis. While there she helps out in a coffee shop that sells the drug, and discovers first hand what the effects of cannabis are on everyday life. Back in the UK Nicky finds out about the genetically modified cannabis skunk, cheap and increasingly sold on the streets. The programme asks whether the drug can make you mad, if it is worse than alcohol and if it is stronger than it used to be. Nicky takes part in a month-long medical trial to find out.

Stoned in Suburbia – BBC3

Super High Me 2007

Determined to find out the true effects of marijuana on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson documents his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts of the drug for 30 days. More than just an amusing story of one man’s quest to get superhigh, this documentary also examines the hotly contested debate over medical marijuana use

The Fight To Be Well 2007

A hard hitting and emotive documentary where UK medicinal cannabis users and activists tell their side of the story. Featuring Lezley Gibson (THC4MS.org), Pat Tabram and Stuart Wyatt. Whatever your view on cannabis, please keep an open mind, and an open box of tissues whilst watching this documentary.

The Hemp Revolution 1995 1995

Australian documentary by Anthony Clarke about the history of hemp and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition. Clarke stated that the hype surrounding hemp had overshadowed the plant’s benefits as a source of paper pulp and its uses as a cotton substitute. The film is shot in the Australia, the US, and Nepal. Major research for the film was done by Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and the film features footage from Hemp for Victory and Reefer Madness.

The Prince Of Pot 2007

Marc Emery, Canada’s most prominent marijuana legalization activist, is at the top of the U.S, Drug Enforcement Agency’s ‘Most Wanted List’ and now faces extradition to the U.S. and possible life imprisonment. His crime – selling marijuana seeds over the Internet. This film follows Mark through the summer and fall as he plots his defense, attends court hearings and tries to clear the names of his two friends who now face the same fate as him.

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High 2007

BC’s illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as ‘The Union’, Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of ‘BC Bud’ being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business – an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal.

True History of Marijuana

Cannabis has an incredible number of uses:-

Industrial Textiles
Consumer Textiles
Building Materials

The biofuel could pose a serious threat to the energy industry.

Hemp seed (from its non THC cousin, the hemp plant) can be used as a food since it contains complete protein (ie all essential amino acids) and all Essential Fatty Acids. THIS ALONE COULD END HUNGER WORLDWIDE.

You can also lookup many testimonials on you tube from people who have survived cancer by using Cannabis Oil.Waiting To Inhale 2005

Waiting to Inhale examines the heated debate over marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. Twelve states have passed legislation to protect patients who use medical marijuana. Yet opponents claim the medical argument is just a smokescreen for a different agenda– to legalize marijuana for recreation and profit. What claims are being made, and what are the stakes? Waiting to Inhale takes viewers inside the lives of patients who have been forever changed by illness—and parents who lost their children to addiction. Is marijuana really a gateway drug? What evidence is there to support the claim that marijuana can alleviate some of the devastating symptoms of AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis? Waiting to Inhale sheds new light on this controversy and presents shocking new evidence that marijuana could hold a big stake in the future of medicine.

Weed Wars 2012

Oakland’s Harborside Health Center is America’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary. Founder and executive director Steve DeAngelo has made twin missions of providing the best possible product to the patients who make up his client base, and educating the rest of the country about the regulation and taxation of those goods. WEED WARS takes an up close and personal look at the reality of running a controversial medicinal cannabis business.

What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? 2010

Regrettably, Len Richmond, producer of this film won’t allow it to be shared with you. You can buy his DVD at his website: www.lenrichmondfilms.com. It is a film worth watching.

What If Drugs Were Legal? 2009

From the BBC series “What if…” (2009) This series generally looked at what would happen if we didn’t do something about various current issues. When it came to drugs we were asked what would happen if we did. Interestingly it predicted the rise of new designer drugs, which has in fact happened as a result of the prohibition regime.

When We Grow This Is What We Can Do 2011

A documentary about cannabis in the UK. It looks at the history of the plant, the facts, its many uses and the laws and politics surrounding it. Follow two young filmmakers on a shoe string budget, as they try to unravel what prohibition of cannabis really means, who it affects, who profits from it and why it was prohibited in the first place. Featuring interviews with; a cannabis activist, a hydroponic grow shop owner, a cannabis dealer, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology, who just so happens to be a former government drugs policy advisor and a medical marijuana user who would rather die than live without it.