That’s a pretty good question – and one worth a feature length discussion. Unfortunately, stoners aren’t always too good at following through or organization. So, while What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? winds up being a relatively interesting examination, a lot of folks aren’t gonna get the chance to see it. What theaters run forty five minute movies becomes just as a good a question.
Either way, with Peter Coyote, Roseanne as well as Malcolm McDowell lending their voices to the narrative, one might guess that the film had a bit of a chance at being wide spread. I find it on the internet, though. So, maybe not. There’s not even an entry for the film on Allmovie or Wikipedia. Good one stoners.
Despite What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? sporting some relatively high profile names – Woody Harrleson must have been busy at his oxygen bar – the pervasive scientific talk is bound to bore more than a couple of viewers away. Of course, that’s what actually differentiates this film from other like-minded explorations of similar topics.
To my knowledge, there’s not another non-fiction film about weed that takes so much time in discussing facts as opposed to cultural concepts. Yeah, there’s a bit of anti-establishment fervor tossed in for good measure, but the various narrators investigate a wealth of concepts related to cannabinoids naturally occurring in our bodies and how those cells interact with cancer as well as other diseases.
At points, the film’s difficult to follow. But once viewers settle into the mindset that What If Cannabis Cured Cancer? eschews footage of hippies dancing for diagrams of how the human brain works, everyone should be satisfied. The problem is, that while the film does a good job explaining why marijuana should be legalized – there’s even a bit in there discussing the fact that since our bodies are receptive to the plant, either we evolved to use it better or the plant evolved and became easier to cultivate due to human beings growing it – there’s no mention of how should go about doing that.
Most politically minded non-fiction films wind up at the same impasse. It’s cool and all that someone took the time to extol the plant’s virtues, but the only people who are going to watch this are in-the-know scientists and stoners, neither of which need to be converted. Once someone figures out how the legalized plant’s gonna help our society in a general manner – and medicine doesn’t seem to be the answer – I’ll watch their film.