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'Weed Wars' Now Streaming on Netflix!
America's largest medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center featured in Discovery Channel reality-TV series, available online

October 7, 2013

Oakland, Calif. -- Now available on Netflix, "Weed Wars," a four-part mini-series originally aired by Discovery Channel in December 2011, gives a first look at America's premier medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, California.

WEED WARS follows Oakland's Harborside Health Center, as run by national cannabis leader Steve DeAngelo, his brother Andrew DeAngelo, and co-founder David Wedding Dress. The nation's largest, not-for-profit, model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center is a collective that offers its 128,000 registered patients complimentary holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine, free delivery and education. In 2010, the dispensary faced an onslaught of federal intervention that threatened its existence. "Weed Wars" chronicles the effects of these attacks, as well as the day-to-day aspects of running the country's largest model medical cannabis dispensary during a critical transition between burgeoning state-enacted marijuana legislation and the federal government's ill-fated, draconian drug laws.

Throughout the reality-documentary television series, viewers become intimately acquainted with the DeAngelo brothers, both of whom are wildly engaging, articulate, determined, intelligent, occasionally zany but always passionate about cannabis and dedicated to the patients they serve. Perhaps more importantly, "Weed Wars" chronicles the heartbreaking struggles of patients, illuminating their need for medical cannabis and deep appreciation for the safe access to medicine that Harborside provides. The show also offers a rare glimpse into cannabis cultivation, documenting the many challenges large and small-scale growers encounter in producing California's biggest cash crop.

"Anyone who has ever bought pot in a cloudy Baggie or a wad of tinfoil…will be impressed by the modern face of marijuana retailing as portrayed in the new Discovery Channel program 'Weed Wars.'" – The New York Times

"A well-crafted, behind-the-scenes look at California's largest marijuana dispensary, Weed Wars is sure to spark further debate about medical cannabis, if not the outright legalization of pot in America." – The Hollywood Reporter

"If half the battle in reality TV is unearthing colorful characters, 'Weed Wars' already looks like a winner." – Variety

Tell your readers they can now go to Netflix and instantly stream "Weed Wars" for a fascinating look into medical cannabis in California, featuring the charismatic DeAngelo family and the diverse, dedicated staff working at the nation's premier medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center. /// ///

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We Choose to Not Use the Term "Medical Marijuana"

While you may have heard medical cannabis referred to as medical marijuana, at Harborside we do not use that term. William Randolph Hearst utilized the word marijuana, as did his political allies, to promote harmful stereotypes about both the Mexican and Black populations. Smokers of marijuana were frequently caricatured as crazed and violent black men or lazy, thieving Mexicans.

We use the term medical cannabis rather than medical marijuana because we choose not to associate the positive healing properties of cannabis with the negative, racist undertones of the word marijuana. To use that term would passively support the wrong and hurtful notions of Hearst and his allies, whereas we believe that cannabis is medicine, and is meant for people of all colors and walks of life.

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