Green Medicine: Chile's Medical Cannabis Revolution had its premiere at Expo Weed in Santiago in November and is released online to the world on December 15th on Youtube via Paradise Seeds TV.
In September 2014 The Daya Foundation, a Chilean charity, received Government authorization to grow 400 cannabis plants to use as treatment for medical patients in a district of the country's capital, Santiago.
The publicity surrounding the project prompted huge debate in Chile in the months that followed. For 6 months, director Diego Estay, and his team of film makers, followed the progress of the Daya Foundation project.
The result is the new film from Geek Media, co-produced by Amsterdam's Paradise Seeds, which also provided the seeds for the project. In October, Daya got the green light to expand the project with 6000 plants, which will again feature Paradise seeds varieties.
Green Medicine focuses on Daya's first grow, between September 2014 and April 2015, and the scientific research surrounding medical cannabis. It features interviews scientists, politicians and the medical patients that will benefit, including Emilia a young child recovering from a brain tumor
What Daya is doing is revolutionary. Unlike big pharma which attempts to monetize cannabis based medicine, Daya is a charity that works with the local community. The cannabis oil it produces is for distribution to local patients.
"I think this film reflects the changes happening in Chile and a global awakening in people in general," said Diego."People are becoming more empowered. In Chile, the likes of Daya Foundation and a number of forward looking politicians are forcing attitudes and policy to change. Medical marijuana crosses the political, social and economic layers of society."
Luc Krol, from Paradise Seeds, who produced the film said, "We knew from the beginning that the Daya Foundation project was something special. We were very pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with telling Daya and Chile's story through Diego's film."
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