(SUGAR MODERATED PANEL DISCUSSION POST FILM SCREENING)
FOCUS: SMOKE SCREENS When Colorado became the first state to make marijuana legal, the Denver Post newspaper—whose editorial board had opposed Amendment 64—hired music critic Ricardo Baca to be its first marijuana editor.
This was uncharted territory: A major newspaper had never before covered the worlds of recreational and medical cannabis so intensely, and those realms were morphing in unpredictable and controversial ways. Baca developed a team of skilled reporters to cover the industry, chemistry, art, and politics of marijuana. This fascinating documentary follows Baca and his staff through the first year of Colorado's great experiment when marijuana dispensaries began selling to the general public.
How would pot-smoking parents deal with Child Protective Services? Could cannabis replace chemotherapy in medical treatments? Would jobs in the marijuana industry be safe from federal interference? Would legal cannabis unleash a new social menace on our society? And would journalism take new forms in keeping up with the changes?
FULL PANEL DISCUSSION:
CLIP FROM PANEL: