Premiere of Award-Winning Medical Marijuana Documentary & Debate in D.C. Sept. 13

Press Release September 10, 2006
Media Contact

Tony Newman at (646) 335-5384 or Jed Riffe at (510) 593-6945

WASHINGTON D.C. — Following the Washington, D.C. premiere of the award-winning medical marijuana documentary “Waiting to Inhale,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page will moderate a landmark debate in which present and former officials of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will square off against the leaders of two organizations leading the fight for legal access to medical marijuana. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Address and ticket information is below.

“Waiting to Inhale” examines both sides of the heated debate over medical marijuana in the United States. The film takes viewers inside the lives of seriously ill patients who have benefited from medical marijuana and examines the views of those who oppose the medical use of marijuana. The film has won numerous awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle Award, the Gold Special Jury Award from Worldfest Houston, and Best Documentary awards from the New Jersey International Film Festival and Eureka! International Film Festival.

Following the film, Dr. David Murray, special assistant to ONDCP Director John Walters, and Dr. Andrea Barthwell, former ONDCP deputy director, will debate Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, and Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in the first debate of its kind in Washington. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and nationally syndicated columnist Clarence Page will moderate. Filmmaker Riffe will also be in attendance.

WHAT: Screening of “Waiting to Inhale,” followed by debate on medical marijuana

WHO: Clarence Page, David Murray, Andrea Barthwell, Rob Kampia, Ethan Nadlemann

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: E Street Theater, 555 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-452-7672

For complimentary press tickets, contact Nydia Swaby at [email protected] or 202-462-5747 x104; requests must be received before 6 p.m. Tuesday. To arrange advance interviews with participants, call MPP communications director Bruce Mirken at 202-215-4205 or Riffe at 510-593-6945.

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