Perform an online search for films about cannabis and you’ll find that there is no shortage of movies, documentaries, and television specials on the subject. Films about cannabis go far beyond stoner comedies, such as the admittedly hilarious films Half Baked or Pineapple Express. There are many filmmakers who seriously approach the legalities, the health benefits, and the entrepreneurs who are putting cannabis in the spotlight for serious consideration amongst business and medical professionals.

Here are 5 must-see documentaries about cannabis.

the culture high documentary

The Culture High. The Culture High is a film exploring the legal battle that ensues over cannabis. People from all walks of life make appearances in this documentary including celebrities, government agents, and many more. It approaches the topic of government involvement within the industry and its direct control of the seed to sale process. This thought-provoking documentary captures both sides of the argument for those who are both for and against cannabis from emotional and intellectual perspectives.


What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? Studies continue to suggest that cannabis is a remedy for the pain and other ailments that cancer patients face. This documentary seeks to educate us about the ongoing discoveries that show the ability of cannabis to treat cancer patients and improve their quality of life.

colorado pot rush

Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush. This television special goes in-depth to research the cannabis industry and the effect it has had on the state of Colorado, the most profitable and organized state in the U.S. for the cannabis business. It causes viewers to question what the end result will be. Is there more to gain for cannabis startups and business owners or will the industry reach its peak and plateau?

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced guidelines for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has begun a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA, which had been tolerant of the dispensaries, has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate them. Some residents are concerned about the locations and high number of marijuana facilities and prosecutors claim that some of the marijuana was grown by illegal marijuana growers. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996. A total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. Los Angeles has 800 to 1,000 marijuana dispensaries, the highest density in the nation. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Weed. Dr. Sanjay Gupta sets out to explore the laws of medical marijuana, its effect on patients, the prescription process, and the strict regulation that can often cause problems for patients who rely on cannabis for medical treatment. This documentary includes groundbreaking evidence of the benefits of cannabis.

the union documentary

The Union. The Union as a film that examines the process of growing and selling cannabis. This documentary draws comparison between the viewpoints of doctors, law officials, and several others, offering an eye-opening perception of the market as cannabis continues to undergo the legalization process and build a reputation as a credible medical treatment.


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