When Jennifer Collins was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, the drugs prescribed to stop her seizures made her angry, suicidal, and interrupted her ability to live a normal life. Desperate to help their daughter, Jennifer’s parents sought out alternative treatments, and learned about the success of cannabis oil in treating epilepsy. There was just one problem: marijuana wasn’t legal where they lived, even for medical purposes.
The human side of medical marijuana.In a new blog post, read about the making of the documentary and the policy issues at the federal, state, and local level that continue to affect patients like Jennifer.
A prescription for a broken policy. John Hudak first chronicled the Collins family's journey with America's problematic marijuana laws and called for comprehensive reform in his 2016 Brookings Essay "The Medical Marijuana Mess."
The social and cultural history of marijuana. Millions of Americans have used marijuana at some point in their lives, yet the substance remains shrouded by myth, misinformation, and mystery. In the book "Marijuana: A Short History," Hudak provides a timely overview of U.S. policies toward the plant and explores what might come next.