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.
In Pot We Trust doesn’t make you want to smoke pot. It will make you want to give all your pot to Jacqueline Patterson. Jacqueline has cerebral palsy, which manifests itself most notably in the form of a severe stutter. When she uses medical marijuana, Jacqueline can speak much more quickly and clearly, because the drug relieves her muscle tension. The difference is so obvious, I don’t know how anyone could watch this and say marijuana isn’t medicine.
In Pot We Trust tells the story of four medical marijuana patients, against the backdrop of last year’s Hinchey-Rohrabacher vote. The filmmakers follow MPP‘s Aaron Houston through the halls of Congress, then join the DEA as they uproot marijuana plants in the hills of California.
Marijuana experts such asLester Grinspoon provide insight into the drug’s benefits, while prohibitionists Joe Califano and Robert Dupont explain why they’ve dedicated themselves to criminalizing sick people.
The film is invaluable because patients themselves make the best spokespeople for medical marijuana. The ulterior motives so often attributed to the medical marijuana legalization effort become irrelevant here, as we meet the actual people whose health and wellbeing lies at the center of this controversy.
I won’t ruin the ending, but in case you haven’t heard, patients who rely on medical marijuana to maintain their quality of life are still criminals under federal law.