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'A Norml Life'
(Vivian McPeak, Linda Witzel, Dr. Frank Lucido, Dr. Christine Paoletti, Tim Pate, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / Cinema Libre Studios)

Overview: NORML or National Organization of the Reform for Marijuana Laws has long advocated the decriminalization of cannabis for over 40 years. Its founder, current leaders and nationwide chapter representatives describe the patchwork of state and municipal laws that allow medical marijuana, while the federal government still regards cannabis as a dangerous narcotic.

DVD Verdict: The movie begins with quotes from some people that pop up a few times in the film – attorneys, activists, patients, marijuana celebrities, and more. It then cuts to a scene with Vivian McPeak, Executive Director of the Seattle Hempfest.

From then on in the fact that "America’s pot laws are fixing a problem that never existed,” as he puts it, is the running, nay pulsatingly-speedy theme that propels this film.

The movie then cuts into testimonials from medical cannabis patients who reveal their collective ailments to be: spine problems, degenerative bone disease, thyroid disorders, etc. The next part of the film involves medical marijuana doctors. One of them is Dr Christine Paoletti. She holds the same personal stance as all other doctors re: medical marijuana - compassionate and knowledgeable.

The film progresses onwards, but another poignant part of this is an interview with Wayne Turner. Mr. Turner is an attorney from Washington DC that sponsored Initiative 59 which made medical marijuana legal in Washington DC.

There’s also a clip from another film by the same producers called ‘Hempsters,’ which takes place in Lexington, KY. My goodness, that includes some hardened protesting if ever I've seen it! The film ends with a song by Los Marijuanos called ‘Trippin on Trichomes’ - and a lot of either answers or more questions!

The DVD bonus material is labeled ‘Side Effects’ and features and interview and panel speech by Ray Manzarek of the Doors. This is a Full Screen Presentation (2.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.