'Get High With Ricki Lake!': New Film on Medical Marijuana Leaves Out Texas Families – The Texas Observer

Featuring heartrending stories, Weed the People aims to change the stigma around cannabis treatment — but fails to look much outside its California bubble. Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm CST The parents of 1-year-old Sophie initially treated her brain tumor with only cannabis. But when the tumor grew between checkups, they started her on chemo. Screenshot/Vimeo

“I smell weed!” Ricki Lake walks onto the back patio of a South Austin home and laughs. It’s Monday night and the backyard is filled with people visiting from California and New York for the SXSW festival in Austin this week. They’re here to celebrate Lake’s new film, which advocates for medical marijuana to help treat pediatric cancer. Visitors mill about discussing indica vs. sativa, a new cannabis spa, orgasmic meditation and cryptocurrency. (From Austin, Lake is going to a cryptocurrency conference in Puerto Rico, dubbed “Puerto Crypto.”) Some attendees brought cannabis from California, because it’s illegal in Texas. I’m here because a press release inviting me to “Get High with Ricki Lake!!” landed in my inbox a few days earlier, and curiosity got the better of me.

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Lake passes around a vaporizer. “Want to try it?” she offers. “It’s very light, you won’t feel anything.” I pass. An actress and ’90s talk-show star, Lake is best known these days for her home-birth documentary from 2008, The Business of Being Born, which was wildly popular but widely criticized by the medical community. She admits she had second thoughts about a weed party like this to market a serious film that she wants “to be received with the intention we put into it.” But she’s having a great time. Her trepidation was “foolish,” she says. “I feel like I’m living so authentically, I’m really as grounded

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