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Marijuana Australiana

Homegrown cannabis culture down under.

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Impact areas

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

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  • DIRECTOR Baron

  • PRODUCER Richard Baron

Synopsis

DURATION: 83 MINUTES

Conveyed by an often humorous line up of quintessentially Aussie characters (including patients, breeders, doctors, activists, researchers and academics), Marijuana Australiana is a feature length documentary about Australia's evolving relationship with the world of recreational and medical cannabis. Unveiling a unique local cannabis culture and history, the film takes us from the hippy town of Nimbin to the politically charged emergence of medical cannabis law reform that is sweeping the nation.

Infused with touching personal narratives and paradigm busting concepts around drug prohibition, law enforcement, mental health and harm minimisation, Marijuana Australiana embeds viewers deep inside tenuous underground networks of growers and suppliers who - despite incarceration and systematic persecution by law enforcement - bravely provide free medical cannabis to cancer patients and children with epilepsy.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The film deals with issues that pertain to 3 major areas of focus for the Australian philanthropic community: human rights and social justice, health and to a lesser extent indigenous issues.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
The project seeks to better the lives of sick and dying people by legitimising and regulating their access to medical cannabis in a more meaningful way than has been afforded by recent politically expedient law reforms. Moreover the film encourages viewers to reconsider prevailing worldviews regarding all aspects of cannabis use and law reform in Australia.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

By educating audiences about cannabis-based medicines, therapies and non-carcinogenic administration, we hope to foster destigmatisation of medical cannabis use. There is a social justice imperative in which we hope to contribute to the debate around the cessation of criminalising cannabis users. The film also posits harm minimisation strategies to deal with recreational and medical cannabis users within the health system rather than criminal justice system.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

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Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

To support politicians who are lobbying for increased and democratised access to medical cannabis. To change perceptions of medical cannabis.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Impact will be measured digitally by online video clip, social media analytics and ‘sentiment analysis’. VOD/DVD sales and broadcast licensing will also illustrate the project's reach, as will any screenings that may take place in government, research or regulatory settings. 

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