"Chronic Future - Killing Cancer" Documentary and Cannabis Science, Inc., Promote Pot as Cancer Cure; Film Blasted by Pot Club
Bob Melamede, University of Colorado biology associate professor and president of Cannabis Science, Inc., touts the alleged benefits of marijuana as a cancer-fighting drug.
The makers of a new documentary have teamed up with Cannabis Science, Inc., a Colorado firm, to promote the idea that marijuana can cure many types of cancer.
"Chronic Future - Killing Cancer," a 76-minute film by local guys Henry Miller and Corey Pritchard, is scheduled to premiere tomorrow (Thursday) at Harkins Theater Shea 14.
Originally planned to be called "Chronic Future - the 2811 Story," the film features the activities of medical-marijuana-marketer Al Sobol and the 2811 Club, LLC., one of the clubs we told you about last year that arose from the chaos of Governor Jan Brewer's decision to stall the roll-out of voter-approved dispensaries. Sobol's place was raided by Phoenix police in October while Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink pondered the legality of such clubs in response to a lawsuit filed against them by state Attorney General Tom Horne. That case is still pending.
Sobol, known for his attention-getting antics, sent out an e-mail a couple of days ago blasting the movie and apologizing to his friends and associates for being "scammed" by the filmmakers.
"The producers rented the theater for a night to show the movie as part of a grand marketing scheme to sell Hemp Oil," Sobol wrote. "I fear these marketers, like the snake oils salesman before them, are selling nothing more than false hope for presumably big bucks. That is cruel for the people that suffer with real diseases."
Sobol's also steamed because, he claims, he was promised hundreds of "VIP tickets" to the premiere that never came through.
"He was never promised anything," he says. "He's very bitter. He's in it for himself instead of trying to help people.
Miller says he and his partner created their own, objective, movie and only later made a distribution deal with Cannabis Science to have it shown in other theaters.
Cannabis Science, a public company, issued a news release last week stating, "Cannabis Science Reports Its First Documentary Release Date..." and its penny stock shares reportedly rose slightly in value. The company also plans to make its own documentary on medical marijuana with the help of Kevin Booth, creator of 2007's "American Drug War - the Last White Hope."
Whatever the reason for the pissing match between Sobol and the filmmakers, the claims made by the documentarians and Bob Melamede, president of Cannabis Science, are hard to believe.
Miller claims that during the months of filming, he personally witnessed patients with breast cancer and lung cancer receive injections of "hemp oil" who appeared to undergo miraculous recoveries.
One man with lung cancer who "had two weeks or less to live" returned to peak health after receiving the injections, Miller says.