TCIA Presents: Weed the People

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April 4, 2019
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A healing revolution is growing!

This screening is hosted by the Texas Cannabis Industry Association and sponsored by Pebble Wellness and Syzygy Botanicals by Ricca.

From filmmakers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein comes WEED THE PEOPLE. This award-winning documentary follows five families who give cannabis oil to their children in the hopes of beating cancer. The brave parents who are looking for alternatives beyond chemo and radiation, take their children’s health into their own hands and many achieve astounding results.

This screening is the 3rd in a series hosted by The Texas Cannabis Industry Association to empower Texans to spread the word about legalizing medical marijuana and hemp CBD for patients in Texas!

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

TCIA works to ensure the favorable social, economic and legal environment necessary for a legitimate and responsible cannabis industry. We serve as the voice of the industry in Texas, devoted to providing resources and support to legal cannabis businesses throughout the state. We are non-partisan and founded on three pillars: Mentorship. Advocacy. Education.

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181019 WTP OVEE

104min 34sec



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    Ricki Lake


    From acting and producing, to dancing her way into the hearts of television audiences, Emmy Award-winning television host Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her graciously candid sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. The world first met Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ film “Hairspray.” Lake’s legacy and perhaps her greatest love is her role as independent filmmaker. She has channeled her nurturing spirit and drive for social change into passion projects that are altering the way society views birth, breastfeeding, childhood obesity, birth control and now medical cannabis.

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    Abby Epstein


    Abby made her film directing debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the documentary, Until the Violence Stops, featuring Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Salma Hayek and Rosie Perez. The film played at the Miami, Santa Barbara, Maui and Locarno Film Festivals and won the Audience Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver. Until the Violence Stops premiered on Lifetime Television and received an Emmy and a Gracie Allen Award. Prior to her film work Abby directed theater, helming National Tours and international premieres of RENT and “The Vagina Monologues.”

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